I am a mum of 2 gorgeous girls, one aged 6 the other aged 16 months. My partner has on and off for the past 3 years been working away in the mines. We recently moved to a new town, where i know limited people, and he has just changed his roster to being away 2 weeks at a time and only home for 5 days. I am struggling with my youngest daughter being so clingy. She will only be happy if she is in my arms, sitting on me or has me in sight. I try so hard to distract her with toys and games and since she loves being outside i take her out there often to play. But still it is making my life a bit hard at the moment and looking for any solutions from other mums? She does get bored very easily and needs constant things to do, and when my eldest daugther is home they play together, but the times when it is just her and I it is a struggle. And not having a support network up here or other mums to talk to makes it hard sometimes. And I don’t like to sound so disenheartened when i talk to my partner everyday as he is busy making all the sacrifices by being away. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by meljware, 15th April 2013

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  • Don’t forget she is also dealing with upheaval of moving too, that could be worsening the situation. Have you got a play group locally you could both go to? It’s easy for me to say it’s just a phase, but that’s not much help for you right now is it


  • great exellent


  • Hi, I have an 8 month old who will scream and crawl from room to room to find me if I’m not in sight. Both my kids are about to start daycare one day a week so hoping it improves.


  • I see this was posted over a year ago, hope things improved.


  • I feel for you as it is hard without having a support group around you. You need to try and make some friends so that she just does not have you all day otherwise she will get even more clingy. Not sure about if you have any play groups in your area but getting her to socialize would be a good thing.


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