When we came back from our big ski trip in January, Lydie went through a strange phase for about a month. She cried any time she had to be away from me. Even if she could see me in the waiting room at ballet or gymnastics, she cried. It was really unlike her and difficult for us both. Of course, most people attributed it to the fact that she is not in preschool, and consequently she is "around me too much".
But knowing her ability to be so flexible and eager before, I knew that was not a rational explanation. So I tried to meet each situation in prayer, with the need to discern as each week passed how best to walk her through her fears. At times this meant sitting in the room at ballet. And at others it meant telling her that her fears were irrational and that we would pray together and then I expected her to meet a new goal. Eventually, after 6 weeks or so it passed.
During those weeks she had her first gymnastics meet. Actually, it was right after our trip. And she wanted so badly to earn a trophy and do well for her teachers. But her fear to be away from me and in front of so many strangers won, and she just couldn't go out and do her routines. We had to leave empty handed.