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Q: How can parents who are continuing to work from home help their children be less clingy?

Q: How can parents who are continuing to work from home help their children be less clingy?

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A: Clinginess has been really bad, and that’s a form of anxiety. It’s annoying. But it’s not a dysfunction. With a clingy child, you’re trying to structure when you’re going to connect with them and giving yourself lots of leeway for when they cry.

Parenting experts have been talking about “special time” for forever. Spend time on the floor with the kid — you give it 15, good, solid, hard-core minutes. And then you use technology. And you allow the crying. People can’t have the kid screaming bloody murder when they are on Zoom, so you’ve got to give yourself a little bit of time. And some days are better than others.

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