I don't get nearly as much one on one time with my daughter as I would like or nearly as much as my wife has with her since my wife is a SAHM.
I knew it was only a matter of time before my 2 yo started doing something before I left for work. But I had always assumed it would be tears or something...."big".
Instead, when I ask her for a hug and a kiss before I leave for work in the morning, she simply disengages and lies on her tummy and hides her face.
It breaks my heart to watch and it's unclear to me what exactly is going on or how to handle this in a healthy way. I don't know if I should follow her and maybe tickle her to make her laugh - because that could be denying her the space to have her honest reaction. Or if I should leave her be and let her mope a bit - because that might be too cold/calloused.
I feel that if she were crying, I could simply hold her and let her cry and when she calmed down a bit I could tell her about how we'll be able to play when I get home but have a responsibility to my coworkers and boss at work.
but this is...less tangible.
Any advice here would be appreciated.
UPDATE This seems worth adding: "I'm not trying to keep her from being sad, no. What I want is for her to fully experience her sadness and see that the world isn't ending. But I feel that she's already trying to hide from what's happening by hiding her face the way she is."