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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Sarah | 2007/03/14

Q.

Touching

I am a single mom of a four year old daugther, who likes touching me, feeling me. It is even worse when we are in bed (we sleep together) because she will make sure that she falls asleep with a part of her against mine. She will even bend just to fall asleep grabing my leg if it the only part that is not covered with clothes. It started when she was very young, she used to sleep with her hand on my face, her head against mine or her feet on my face. Is there something wrong with this?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is very normal and all she is looking for is security.

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Posted by: Amy | 2007/03/15

Hi Sarah, I am also a single mom of a 3 year and 7months old boy. He is almost the same age as your daughter. Well, he likes to sleep with me most of the times and likes to cuddle or know I am there. But my situation is different, I have a boy and only his grandfather is a more like a father figure to him.

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Posted by: Sarah | 2007/03/15

Thanks alot Page and Wendy! I will certainly enjoy feeling her next to me!

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Posted by: Wendy | 2007/03/15

Hi Sarah

I wouldn't worry too much - my little girl (will be 4 end-April) also sleeps in our kingsize bed between hubby & I, and she spends most of the night with her legs draped over my waist! When we get into bed she is already asleep, but it is as if she senses mommy is there as she shuffles up to me so that her body lies against mine. If I move up a little, she moves up with me, with the result I sleep on 10cm of a kingsize bed! No wonder her daddy doesn't mind her sleeping in our bed - he gets most of it to himself! :) But to be honest I love feeling that little body so close to mine - its not going to last forever, and I'm cherishing it, so I wouldn't worry too much, afterall they are still so little and really need their mommies.

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Posted by: Page | 2007/03/14

Hi Sarah

Shame I had to smile. Just remember you are her world if not her universe. Just show her loads of love and attention and remind her that you will always be there, eventually she will be confident enough to go wonder off and play with her friends. I take my hat off to single moms I cannot imaging anything more challenging. I have a little boy and I litterally have to hold him down to steal a little hug! She sounds like a gem!!

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Posted by: Sarah | 2007/03/14

Thanks page, the thing is also that the teachers at her school says she sometimes does not want to play with other kids outside unless they "lie" that Sarah (Mommy) is also outside playing!

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Posted by: Page | 2007/03/14

Hi Sarah

Goodness I wouldnt worry about that at all, afterall you are both dad and mom to her. She obviously feels a great sense of comfort with you. I think its great that she shows that enormous amount of affection to her mummy. She obviously loves you to death and wants to be close to you especially when falling asleep. Enjoy it they grow up way to fast!!!

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