Is your kid too clingy?
“Clinginess” refers to a child who has a strong emotional or behavioral reaction to being separated from their parent. We call this situation as "Mommy-magnet situation", where kids get clingy when they’re overwhelmed or scared, or sometimes if they encounter new experiences in a new environment. But, clinginess is a normal reaction.
Here’s what you need to know about dealing with a clingy child.
When your child is unable to un-glue herself from you, try to validate their feelings and fears. Help your children get used to a new situation by supporting them through it.
Don’t ignore them, leave them, or force them to interact with what is stressing them. Be their safe base, try to acknowledge their feelings, let them understand that it's normal to feel that way, comfort them, stop the pleading and convincing and instead, respond to your child calmly, and confidently giving them the information they need to move through their uncertainty.
Parents are responsible for helping children learn to manage their own reactions to new and scary situations on their own. You serve as important role models of your children, so, the way you respond to their behavior can really impact their development.