this one was at our home instead of the office, so it was interesting trying to keep Ms ADHD girl focused and not playing with the pets instead, but overall, very productive.
My favorite exercise was us "beeping" each others noses and "honking" our chins. We both got a case of the giggles. Then again, her trying to keep a straight face while I made her laugh was interesting too. That took no time to get her to laugh three times.
We looked in a mirror together where I'd describe her as I see her. The attachment specialist asked her if she believed me and she said yes. P said she sees in her eyes that she wants to believe me, but not sure yet. I hugged my baby and told her I 100% meant everything I said about my beautiful girl.
We always end our sessions by eating, which means right before eating we wash our hands. This time was washing each others hands. Right after daddy washed her hands, she immediately picked up the cat. Daddy had to wash her hands again, while she was giggling. P asked if she knew why she picked up the cat right after daddy washed her hands. She said "Because I wanted daddy to do it again!"
P said very smart, most kids didn't communicate that that was why.
We got to watch each other instead of going in different rooms this time. It was so much fun to watch the baby and daddy playing together on these exercises.
Eating--P told her that feeding each other is a way to show each other we love each other (after munchkin was basically shoving crackers down my throat and I was being gentle, lol). Babygirl proceeded to kiss me and tell me she loves me and P challenged her to show me by being gentle instead of so rough.
I can definitely see where these attachment sessions will pay off. We have fun AND build attachments.
On a related note, a kind soul sent me some attachment cards from Theraplay and daddy and I are finding opportunities to do some of these things without the structure of a session to build on it.