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Separation anxiety is anxiety children experience when they’re separated from a primary caregiver. They become upset when the parent begins to leave the room or hands them off to someone else. They may to clamor back into your arms or cling to your legs.
Separation anxiety is a normal part of development and happens with most children at toddler and nursery stage. It’s around this stage of development that we start noticing separation anxiety.
How can parents ease their child’s anxiety and help him comfortable in school without them?
Maintain as much normalcy and consistency in the child’s routine, providers, diet, and environment.
This is very important if there has been a significant change in his life, such as having a new sibling.
Try your best not to express your own worry.
Show that you confident enough to leave him in school to be with his friends, in the care of the teachers.
Be sure you tell him good-bye.
Sneaking out can be confusing and it’s good for him to see he has nothing to worry about.
Acknowledge his feelings.
“Bryan, I can see you are sad and don’t want mommy to leave. I have to go, but I will see you when I get off work today.”
Reassure your child that what he is experiencing is normal. Offer him a loving gesture, even if it’s brief.
Is there a way to prevent separation anxiety?
It’s a few things you can do to ease the length or severity :
Prepare him for upcoming changes by talking, reading books, and drawing pictures. Let him know what to expect.
Allow babies and toddlers to spent time with other adults, especially relatives and caregiver.
Allow the child to meet new teachers and visit new classrooms before he will be dropped off.
Establish a routine and as much consistency as possible. This helps him to have a visual of what he will experience and mentally prepared.