Thursday, December 9, 2010

Why Some Kids Are Overly Clingy

Check out Dr. Gilda's answer below:

Violet Affleck’s Been Overly Clingy With Mom Jennifer Garner. Is It A Cry For Help?

The five-year-old is clinging to mommy lately, but is that a natural phase, or a sign that there’s trouble at home?

How much can a child’s behavior tell us about what’s going on at home? If the child is acting out, is it a sign there’s something wrong? Or, is it just a normal phase the child is undergoing? We ask because of the recent change in Violet Affleck’s behavior, as the five-year-old daughter of Ben Affleck, 38, and Jennifer Garner has been overly clingy with her mom of late, leading some to wonder, is there trouble at home? HollyMoms, do you think it’s a sign that Ben and Jen might actually be headed towards Splitsville?

Check out Jen and both her daughters on a fun weekend excursion!

“There is always a reason for clingy behavior,” Dr. Gilda Carle, a relationship expert and the founder of told “Every child senses trouble in paradise. So she’s clinging to the parent who is most often with her in an attempt to prevent mommy from abandoning her as she thinks daddy has.” Can you relate, HollyMoms? If and when your relationship hit a rough patch, did you notice a change in your child’s behavior?

The other side of it is that Violet is experiencing what many kids her age do, that she’s a little afraid of things and wants the support, comfort and safety that Jen, 38, provides. She’s begun school and is starting to spend more time away from her mom, so maybe she’s dealing with this separation by clinging more closely when they’re together.

What do you think? Share your thoughts and advice below.

– Roger Singer

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