“See you later Alligator! Separation anxiety and saying goodbye”
Whether if you are 3, or 35 years young, family especially in collective cultures are the center of love, trust, and comfort.
Separation anxiety is something new parents may dread but will eventually have to deal with at some point in their parenthood.
Separation anxiety is a normal stage in a child’s development – it is innate and has kept our ancestors safe in the big threatening world. It is where one can gradually learn about the world around them through the guidance from their caretakers. This usually ends at around age 3, when children begin to realize that their parents being out of sight is only temporary.
Here are some tips to help ease your child’s separation anxiety, whether if it’s sending them off to school, their grad parents’ or leaving for work!
Make sure you trust the caretaker, it is perfectly normal for parents to worry about handing their child over to a new teacher in a new preschool. Make sure you do your research, talk to the teachers, and make sure you trust them before bringing your child there with you. Kids can pick up on your uncertainty and if one hesitates, they can feel vulnerable
It may be difficult for parents not to worry but popping by the classroom to say hello when your child is experiencing separation anxiety will only worsen the situation. He will then be put in the traumatic situation where he has to say good bye over and over again
Pairing good bye rituals with manageable events can help a child with anxiousness, such as creating a special handshake or song to sing and practicing it in short increments throughout the day where goodbyes are short and manageable