When my wife went to Mexico 11 days ago on a
pleasure business trip, and left me with the children, she was only worried about one thing. It was not me taking care of the kids, shopping, laundry, food, putting the kids to sleep, illness, or the kids not behaving. It wasn't even that Annika started day care this week and I had to school her in by myself. The biggest worry was meeting the kids at the airport. Would the kids ignore Sandra, feeling disappointed about her "deserting" them, and refuse to be with her? This happened once before and was one of the worst memories my wife ever experienced.
When our son was 13 months old my wife went for a 5 day trip to Germany, not knowing that her return would forever be remembered. As she excitedly saw Daniel at the airport he looked into her eyes and simply ignored her. He wanted to be with me. And only me. No big deal we thought. This can happen and will probably we fine within a few hours. It took 5 freaking days until he accepted his mommy again.
My wife still remember this incident very well today. I guess it's a nightmare scenario for a parent. To be snubbed and ignored by your own child. We knew his little protest would only last a short while and we also knew this happens to many other parents. Daniel was also very young and just reacted on instinct. It was still a very tough experience for my wife.
Will this occur again when we pick mommy up at the airport? It will for sure not be a problem with our 4-year old son. He knows very well mommy just went aways on a trip. As for Annika, I guess she could feel a little rejected but she's already a fiercely independent toddler. If she pulls the the same stunt as Daniel once did, we're in trouble….
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