DS went through a phase for several months where he was scared of pretty much anyone except my husband and me, but he's gotten over that and seems very happy in a crowd - whether that crowd is at our home or away from home (although he doesn't like when strange men try picking him up - and I don't blame him!) When he was younger, my husband would take him shopping one evening per week so I could work on a home-based business. DS was usually fine with that. These outings stopped for several months because my husband was busy, but last night he took DS shopping again. He was fine at the store, but in the car would intermittently cry, "Momma, Momma."
I was telling someone else about this, and she replied, "For your sake and for his, you need to start separating so he's not such a Momma's boy." (I HATE that term!)
The comment kind of shook my confidence, and I'd appreciate some feedback. Is it really necessary to create separations just so he learns not to want to be with me so much? I thought his level of attachment was healthy for his age. Also, I don't feel a need to get away. My husband helps me with him, and I don't feel over-burdened or stressed. I enjoy being his mother.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.