She's always been close to her father, which is nice.... except that now she's just getting really extreme about it. I work away 3 days a week and I am sure it is related to this. But what can I dooooooo?
We have a few things that we do together like cooking and going to museums, so occasionally we do get to bond, but that doesn't help with the day to day stuff.
I tried to talk to her about it but all she said was 'I don't like you, Mummy, because you have got spots.' Well, she is only three.....
Have you had the MN what to expect as your child turns 3 email? In it it says they can develop romantic attachment to the opposite sex partner at this age. Sounds to me like she fancies your DH/P - it's not personal to you.
(And my DS will make up any reason in the world why his decision is the right one. "I don't want to go swimming mummy because the pool is on fire and there are dogs in it." etc. So the spots comment strikes a chord there)
Sometimes it's more even and sometimes it's very strong and quite distressing. I think dh is more fun and frolics, and I have tried to be a more 'fun' parent within my abilities - I think it has helped.
I do think dd generally prefers male attention and sometimes does soemthing I can only describe as 'flirting'
My DD is 2 and has been like this since I went back to work 3 days per week when she was one. I feel utterly rejected (childish I know) most of the time, especially if she's hurt herself and screams if I go near her because she only wants Daddy. If he is at work we are fine together but when he's home only he will do.
Thing is, my DH works 5 days so it can't be directly related to working as technically he spends less time with her than I do. I do sometimes wonder if it's a quality time thing as he spends more time playing with her and appeasing her whereas I do the domestic stuff and am more strict.
Choosy that sounds very sensible. The trouble is that if I do that dh gets hugely grumpy because he has to do everything for her in the 3 days when I am away. It's sort of part of the deal of him putting up with me working away that I have to make his life easier when I am here.
I do love the spots idea....
Interesting that it seems to be independent of how much time is spent at home.