Most toddlers hit this phase at some point to some degree. About this age kids are developing a clearer sense of self. They are recognizing their role in a bigger pond. ;) Separation anxiety kicks in as does seemingly irrational fears of things they were formerly quite ok with. The most important thing to helping her OUT of this phase is to offer her plenty of reassurance and comfort. Don't push her to do things that terrify her. Yes, she needs to take a bath, but you find work with her to find a way to make that less scary. Is it a fear of getting water in her eyes? A fear of being in the water? When she's clingy, reassure her. When she ventures out on that limb at all, praise her wildly. She'll get through this as long as she feels safe and secure - and you do that by offering her the security and comfort she's looking for. Kwim?
at 1:44 PM on Dec. 31, 2009