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Calling someone or video-chatting is a quite abstract form of communication, and I would guess that her verbal skills are still rather limited, which makes a bilateral communication via screen challenging. She won’t realize the nice parts about having at least a semblance of social interaction. It took my kids a decade to independently talk with family via ...


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My kids (8 and 7) have gone in and out of interest of video chatting with Grandma (who they love seeing in person) over the years. We've not really stressed about it too much; we did at first, and then realized it wasn't always going to work out - and all parties learned to be okay with it, basically. To avoid adding too much stress, we just call Grandma ...


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It seems you already talked to the grandma and it wasn't effective. Now you need to take action. Because if you don't, it will never change. The grandma could get away everytime so far, so why would it change ? After agreeing with your wife, have a talk with the grandma, stating you will reduce how often you visit her, because her behavior is affecting your ...


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Your comment that prior to the lockdown your child did enjoy these calls suggests to me that this is a reaction to the social distancing. Think of it, if you will, as seeing them on a screen being too painful a reminder of what she's missing out on, or as her rejecting a perceived attempt to substitute physical closeness with a video chat. I might be wrong ...


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Spend more time together with grandfather, with your child and at least one of the parents present. Let the grandparent hold and play with something of interest to the child. It can be a new toy, or a favorite old toy. Or it can even be a household object fascinating to an infant: flashlights (blinking ones are the best), rattling keys on a keychain, velcro ...


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Had my kids tell me they loved my wife more than me... just grin and bear it. A few weeks later I was flavour of the month - had just fixed their bikes or something. Don’t panic - they change allegiance quickly and don’t remember for long. It will sort itself out. Edit: Her bed? I would not let it go that far - keep to a standard routine... and get Dad to ...


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It sounds to me like she is exercising the limited control she has. Granted, other things may be going on here. The ability to interrupt play, for instance, is a different skill from the ability to identify that you need to go to the bathroom. It is possible to have acquired one without the other, but you'd need both to avoid accidents, in certain scenarios. ...


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Don’t panic man, this is the same everywhere. All children love their grandparents cause they give them what they like.


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When my son went to prison, his wife and I maintained a close relationship, even though they divorced. To their children, I am still "grandma" and to the ex-wife, I am still "Mom". I guess we didn't know how to switch comfortably to anything else. She has remarried now, but I'm still "Mom." I don't know what she calls her ...


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He could encode the letter (using a simple code) for your 5-year old to decode


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I love this idea, it's really sweet. Growing up I had a penpal and we would send each other cool buttons (we were both interested in fashion). I remember it being so much fun and a great way for us to hunt for them. How about working on a small item collection for them to start and work on together? You can even have your son, send a letter with an item back ...


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