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It’s Funny How Kids Go Through Phases - Parents

Parenthood is a marvelous experience for those who have encountered it responsibly and with a proper attitude. Over time, the developing and growing child changes physically, transforming over time into (hopefully) a benefactor of society. During the younger years, the child changes both rapidly and dramatically.

It doesn't change only in stature and learning. It changes not only tastes and preferences. It changes in its attachment from one parent to the other and back again. Perhaps you have personally experienced this? I know I have. And at times, it hurts just a smidgen.

My little grandson, Noah, wanted "Papa," which is what he calls me. His father, after all, is Daddy. And I am grateful he doesn't call me PawPaw (after all, I am not a dog) or any such contorted expression. Noah couldn't get enough of me! He'd sit on my leg, hug me, kiss me, play games with me, get changed by me, and so forth and so on. His Grammaw decidedly played 2nd Fiddle.

Then --all at once -- things changed. He wants Grammaw nearly exclusively. In fact, if I come to him, he waves his hand, saying "Back, Back" or "Go Away." Is this because I've been mean to the little fellow? Not at all. It's simply the way of a developing child. Later he will come back to me. And so it will go on until he is old enough where he wants neither of us and both of us, both.

Have you experienced such changes from your little ones?

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MegL wrote on September 9, 2017, 4:37 PM

Yes, they all do it. My grandchildren are all girls and they do it too, depending on who they think they will get the best deal from!

VinceSummers wrote on September 9, 2017, 4:44 PM

This sounds like what they'll do when they get a few years under their belt... My guy is just 3. I guess I have lots of fun to look forward to!

lookatdesktop wrote on September 9, 2017, 6:08 PM

I can see how this would occur over time. I was closest to my mother but that was because she was a home maker and my dad of course had to go to work every day. I spent evenings with Dad on the porch as he smoked his cigarettes and we talked about his work and other things. I have not seen any of the grand children in over a year, in some cases several years.

Colibry21 wrote on September 17, 2017, 9:42 AM

It definitely is interesting how they go through phases and such. I may not be a grandparent, but I do have three kids, 5 (6 in November), 4, and 2 1/2. And I am enjoying seeing how they grow and develop.