My three year old son just returned from his first overnight stay with his dad. We divorced a little over a year ago and he's since only spent a day with his dad every other weekend... Never overnight because his dad didn't have anywhere for him to stay.
So yeah, this was the first he's stayed overnight. He doesn't have his own room there or anything like that because his dad is staying at his grandma's (Kaden's great-grandma's) house.
When I first arrived to pick him up earlier today, Kaden was seeming very happy. That is, until he got into the vehicle with us. He didn't cry or resist. He was just silent. Totally silent. I was asking him about his morning and whatnot. Nothing. Okay, so he was tired. He ended up falling asleep on the way home and slept all day. Like, it's literally about 5 hours later now and he's finally up and about.
Now, where we live, we are sort of just down the road from my grandparents and mom. My grandfather's truck is loud and he just drove by to go home a few minutes ago. Kaden ran to the window to see and then just started CRYING. He looked so sad and was just crying so hard. He came running to me and I asked what was wrong and he said, "Poppop just drove right past me... He's forgot about me." Of course we told him that that's not true and maybe Poppop was just coming back from the store or something and he was just going home... He was inconsolable for a few minutes, but now seems to be doing alright. He hasn't really talked much or said much about being with daddy like he usually would after spending the day with him. I wish I could know how he's feeling. :(
Makes me sad but maybe tomorrow he will talk or his daddy said something to him... Just wait for him to come talk to you good luck momma
Quoting [Hippie Jesus]:" My three year old son just returned from his first overnight stay with his dad. We divorced a little ... [snip!] ... much about being with daddy like he usually would after spending the day with him. I wish I could know how he's feeling. :("
Ask him to make you a picture? Draw something and then explain what it is to you. Ask him to draw what he and daddy did overnight? Maybe he thought since it was the first night with his daddy that you forgot about him. Since he thought Poppop forgot about him maybe he thought the same since you didn't pick him up from daddy's until the morning?