What works for some parents won't work for you. What worked for your first kid probably won't work for the second.
Franklin is an introvert. He plays well by himself and recharges by being ALONE.
Jonathan is an extrovert. He prefers to play with others and hates being alone.
This obviously creates conflict within THEIR relationship...but it's also hard for us as parents.
We talked about it yesterday. Sometimes I'll be playing with Jonathan (again) and notice Franklin sitting by himself and that Mommy Guilt kicks in..."Am I choosing favorites?" "Does Franklin think I don't' love him as much?" So I'll call out to Franklin, "Hey! Come play with me!" or "Come love on me!"
His response most of the time?
Why? Is it because he's mad at me? Nope, he's fine over in his own little bubble. He NEEDS that space to himself. I'm actually doing him a favor by keeping Jonathan away from him!
|It's funny...but this is a prime example of what I'm talking about|