Moose has a problem letting me go. Even when I leave him with Big A to go to my aerobics class, he gets very upset.
He can be distracted by the movie Cars, Veggie Tales, Wii, or any other assortment of media entertainment. But his mind always wanders back to me.
Now he thinks that whenever I leave him with his daddy, I leave. I will be in the kitchen doing dishes while Big A does bathtime and I hear him.
He's been kicked out of the tub twice already because he just doesn't get that I'm just in the other room.
Big A thinks that I should do things like go to MOPS and this Valentine's dinner at church this Friday and just leave him because "it's good for him." Who says?
Who says that it's good to leave a two-year-old (who hasn't been separated from his mom that he can remember) with complete strangers? Who says it's good for him to hyperventilate when those nice strangers try to comfort him (but aren't his mommy)? Who says it's good for him?
Before women's lib and all that fun stuff, kids never left their moms. Even after, it's all fine and dandy if your kid has been in daycare (even part-time) or going to grandma's since he was a baby. That's all he knows. That's not all Moose knows. He knows me.
So I'll try because apparently "it's good for him." But to be honest, I think that's a bunch of crap and it makes the aftermath so much harder for all of us.
** EDIT to add: I probably wouldn't be having such a hard time with this myself if it weren't for the past year. Three moves, a group home, a new brother. Seems like a lot, right? Try putting all of that on a 2-year-old's shoulders. I just hate to push him into not being with me (virtually the only constant in his life thus far with all those changes) and being with a bunch of strangers. **