Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Thoughts, please?

Lately Jonathan has decided that he needs 100% attention in the afternoon. This is generally from about 2pm until when Gabe gets home (tonight that will be at 7pm). I'm at a bit of a loss, because I just can't play on the floor with him or toss him in the air or chase him around the house for 5 straight hours! It is a frustrating dilema, because every time I try to do a chore or make a call or answer an email, Jonathan cries. Or screams. But I KNOW that it isn't a true lack of attention. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas on how to deal with it?


postmaster said...

Maybe use the time-outs you posted about to let him know that it's not okay to scream when he doesn't get what he wants?


Amber said...

Maybe set him up with a little activity or toy that he doesn't get to do or play with otherwise while you are trying to do something? Not that you do that for the entire afternoon, but perhaps doing something like a couple times during the afternoon might make it more interesting for him.

There's a book called The Toddler Busy Book that you might want to take a look at from the library or something - some of the stuff is too old for him still, but I bet some of the ideas would work for his age.

Linds said...

If he calms down when Gabe gets home, maybe he's just anxious to see his daddy. Didn't Elise start to get cranky when Micah was studying at Irvine? I seem to vaguely remember that... and it seems like it should be a fairly common problem with a family with a working parent.

Dy said...

I'd agree with linds. And also, is it possible for you to rearrange your schedule so that you can get your things done in the AM, when he's content, and be able to spend his needy afternoon time being with him?

It could also be a napping thing - perhaps shifting naptime.

Whatever it is, it doesn't last long. :-)