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Is this normal behavior?

fifi709's picture

Is it normal for a 5 year old to always have to be cuddled up to his dad whenever they are together? Even when he sleeps he asks to hold his dad's hand or he throws a fit. In movies he has to sit on his dad's lap. He will tell his dad 'I love you' every few minutes for hours on end. I don't have any children of my own so I don't know if this is normal behavior but I have been around kids all my life and have never seen this before.

zerostepdrama's picture

Yes. It's going to be normal to the kid as long as the dad allows it. Dad has to set some boundaries. Of course dad probably likes being cuddled up to his kid and likes that kid wants to be close to dad. I am a mother to a son and I like it when he wants to be close to me. But I have to show him boundaries. That way when he is 16 he isnt trying to be cuddled up on me in the movies. Make sense?

Dad problem,not a kid problem.

Rags's picture

Normal is situation specific. In the case of a kid who is not confident in the situation or relationship, yes, this is normal.

Dad needs to firmly but sensitively put the kid in his own bed, read a short bedtime story, kiss him goodnight, and then leave. By catering to this behavior your DH is just enabling it.

As for the incessent I Love Yous .... same thing. Say it once. Address it if it is excessive.

This kid needs some very direct guidance and parenting from his dad that clearly recognizes the love but also addresses this behavior.

IMHO of course.

Good luck.