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We’ve hit that phase. She wants her space. Most of the time she still wants to be on our common space, but sometimes she wants to head to her own room and close the door. I don’t know if I’m ready for this or not.
Overall, we’re pretty quiet people. We each like to have our own space once in a while, and that makes it easy for us to understand her need for solitude. While we don’t let her lock herself in her room for hours, we don’t mind her retreating to her own space for a bit. She usually just listens to music and plays with her toys. She doesn’t stay long, sometimes just long enough to take a deep breath and relax a bit. I get that.
There are times when she has to be with the family or with a group. Other times she needs solitude. We need to be intentional about giving her some space and allowing her to say when she just needs a little time and quiet.
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