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When you are absent from your toddler for a length of time due to illness, military service, or any other reason, he may be uncertain about your return. Let your toddler take the lead. Remain playful and available without forcing your presence on him. Try to engage together in a game or with a toy. You may also want to assist his primary caregiver with some daily tasks such as feeding, changing and bathing until he becomes more used to you. In time, your toddler will be come re-acquainted and will enjoy having you back in his life.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|