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Attention Addiction

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Our son is 4 1/2 and is basically an only child as his older siblings are no longer living at home. Lately he seems to be having episodes of anxiety, and they seem to happen at various times. He says his stomach hurts or he’ll eat very little for dinner and says he’s tired and wants to go to bed. He also seems to be very talkative when he’s anxious.

My husband started a new job recently, and he’s not home during the week. When he’s home on the weekend, he spends a lot of time playing with him and giving him lots of attention. He is a well-behaved child and has no problems separating from us and is not “acting out” in a negative way.. I read your article “The Child-Needs-Lots-Of-Attention Myth,” and the sentence that the child feels “safe” only when he is the center of attention felt exactly like what is going on. My question is how do we fix it? I hate to see him feeling this way or having these episodes.

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