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Working with a High-Maintenance Parent - Building Trust and Respect Through Communication

by Anne Stonehouse and Janet Gonzalez-Mena
November/December 2001
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"Well, Rose is finally gone," sighs Wendy to her co-worker Maria as she turns to a screaming eighteen-month-old sprawled on the floor by the door. "Mikey wasn't so bad the first time she left, but that second little visit is what did this!" She points to the child at her feet. Sighing again, she bends down to talk to Mikey in soothing tones. He calms down and holds his arms out to her. She picks him up and he stops crying. "Why can't Rose just say good-bye and leave like the other parents? It's been three weeks now and her good-byes get longer and longer. I timed it today - nearly 40 minutes. The longer it takes her to leave, the harder he cries when she does. And then she had to come back and check on him one more time! Doesn't she realize she is the one with the separation problem, not her son?"


Wendy puts Mikey down and he stands calmly, looking around the room at the interesting activities and toys set out. "You know, it isn't the amount of time she is here that gets me, it's that Mikey clings to her the whole time and doesn't pay ...

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