My 17mo DD has always been a little angel, friends and family often comment on how good she is - rarely cries, sleeps and eats well and even follows our instructions such as "pick up your toys" or "put that in the bin". She has always thrived on making DH and I happy with her. However, for the last couple of weeks she has started acting out...
She's fine at home but we took her to the beach and she wouldn't let us put her down, she just cried and cried until we left. We took her to the park and it took me about 10 mins to convince her to run around on her own. DH is getting very frustrated with her because she just wants me most of the time. She won't go to him and cries when he picks her up.
She also seems more tired than usual but sometimes won't have a nap, just talks in her cot or lays there kicking the wall.
We have lunch in our local shopping centre food court every Saturday, has never been a problem before, but today she tried to kick while we put her in the highchair, then sat there and screamed for a few minutes until I let her out and sit on my lap instead. DH got cranky with me for letting her get her own way, but she is usually so good and I hate to see her upset like that.
She is being so clingy with me and I don't want to encourage the behaviour but I'm not sure what to do??? Mum's telling me that it's just a growth spurt and all she needs is a little more TLC, but I don't want to give her a cuddle for throwing a tantrum