Lisa says: Which parent do your kids prefer?

Little Peyton has been freaking out… whenever Peter's out of sight.

By Lisa van de Geyn
Lisa says: Which parent do your kids prefer?

Peyps holding onto Daddy for dear life. (Just before her last haircut.)

So I'm pretty sure Peyps is going through a crazy phase. (What else is new.) The kid has a serious meltdown the second her favourite parent (Peter, this month) leaves the room. Every time Daddy so much as steps out of sight — whether he's heading out to hockey or simply going to the bathroom, Peyton loses her little mind. I'm pretty sure it's separation anxiety, and that's all fine and dandy (and normal) but how the heck do you make it stop?

We've been playing musical beds in our house for the last few weeks, and last night Peyton woke up screaming and crying in the middle of the night (in our bed). When I tried to calm her down, Peyps wasn't interested in Mommy — she wanted Daddy (DA DA DA DA DA DA DA. NO MOMMY NO MOMMY. DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA ), who didn't feel like getting up. Needless to say, it was a tad annoying. (I won't lie — the words "What am I? Chopped Liver?" actually came out of my mouth …along with a rude adjective to describe the chopped liver.)

I was always (and continue to be) a mommy's girl, so wanting Daddy over Mommy is pretty foreign to me. (No offence, Dad.) I like to think that Addy is more of of mommy's girl, but she's a very fair kid, and is often careful not to exclude either of us. But Peyps has made it very clear (for the time being) that she wants Daddy. Mommy just won't suffice.

Which parent do your kids often prefer? Do you have mama's or daddy's kids? And how often do they jump from preferring one parent to the other?

This article was originally published on Aug 14, 2012

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