Bonding With Toddlers
One of the most common mistakes we make after returning home to kids is sitting on the sofa or in that cozy reclining chair. We sit there and expect for the kids to come to us. When that doesn’t happen, a veteran reunited recently may get angry and sometimes tend to withdraw. If you’re a disabled veteran suffering with pain or an injury, what I’m about to suggest might be difficult. You might even need assistance to make this happen.
If possible, I want you to get down on the floor. You can reunify with your wife and the big kids in other places but the toddlers are usually playing on the floor. Toddlers don’t ask for much so if you get down on their level, they’ll soon come to you. Roll the ball with them or sit there a few minutes and watch cartoons. Participate with your toddler on the floor in any way you can and I’ll personally guarantee your success. You’ll win this battle to reunite.
Another path to reunification with the toddler starts with taking a blanket and pillow with you to the floor. Lay on the blanket and put the child on your chest or belly and let them watch television. Some kids like this and others don’t but try it a few times and see what happens. Also note that laying there in this position leaves you exposed to unintentional groin strikes. If you fall asleep, you could receive an accidental and painful surprise knee or foot on your private place. I consider this a small price to pay in exchange for a lifetime with the kids.