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No No No Go Away Daddy

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Of all the dads diaries I have written, I think it’s time to get your insight into a new phase of the dad toddler relationship.

The last week or so I have noticed that Kid X has become little Miss Contrary especially towards me. Everything I seem to ask her do and sometimes tell her to do, is meet with a “No” or a “Go Away”. Everything is potentially on the “no” table, from do you want some rice bubbles through to one of my favourite things the welcome home cuddle. No No No! I was even told the other morning to “Go to work daddy”.

Compounding this problem is Kid X’s increased attachment to her mum. Sometimes I ask Kid X a question and she replies “NO mum do it”. From there it’s a quick spiral down to a fully blown tantrum. This is so difficult because I want to do things for Kid X, I want to get her ready for bed, I want to dress her for crèche, I want to change her (ok I am not fussed about not be required to do this one) but you get the general idea. Wife A is 19 weeks pregnant and it is so frustrating not to be able to do the things I could do a couple of weeks ago.

Of course Kid X and I still have fun and play a lot together, but at the start and end of the day when she is tired it seems to get worse.

I am at a bit of a loose end on how to deal with this and hope some of our readers can help out with some suggestions. Of course feel free to say No or go away I am getting used to it.

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