Attention-seeking or CONNECTION-seeking

“Carry me mommmm” who gets this? 👋🏼

When kids want you to carry them and they are definitely old enough to walk. A few things could be going on. They might actually be tired. Or they might be seeking connection. Connection that their baby sister is getting all the time by being carried. So I’m not saying fine give in, haul around the 2 year old. But find ways to connect with them while you’re walking to a place. “How far can you jump” let’s jump these cracks together.

“Carry me mommmm” who gets this? 👋🏼  When kids want you to carry them and they are definitely old enough to walk. A few things could be going on. They might actually be tired. Or they might be seeking connection. Connection that their baby sister is getting all the time by being carried. So I’m not saying fine give in, haul around the 2 year old. But find ways to connect with them while you’re walking to a place. “How far can you jump” let’s jump these cracks together.

I remember my mom telling me one time in Disneyland when she was holding my hand that when she squeezed it it means “I love you.” I literally thought that was universal forever. Looking back on this memory that she probably doesn’t even remember saying... was so engraved in my childhood as a simple, but meaningful connection with my mom.

Lauren Pace, MS | Parenting Coach | Child Behavior Coach | Logan, Utah | WA | Online