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Handling Your Children's Separation Anxiety

COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted in the coming months. Some parents will likely be faced with returning to the office and leaving their young children at home or school for the first time in several months. Whether you are dropping your child off at daycare or leaving them at home with a caretaker, goodbyes can be difficult.

Beyond the anxiety of separation comes concern about your child's safety when others are responsible for their care.

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Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, gives some great tips in her article:

  • Create quick goodbye rituals.

Even if you have to do major-league- baseball-style hand movements, give triple kisses at the cubby, or provide a special blanket or toy as you leave, keep the goodbye short and sweet. If you linger, the transition time does too. So will the anxiety.

  • Be consistent.

Try to do the same drop-off with the same ritual at the same time each day you separate to avoid unexpected factors whenever you can. A routine can diminish the heartache and will allow your child to simultaneously build trust in her independence and in you.

  • Attention:

When separating, give your child full attention, be loving, and provide affection. Then say goodbye quickly despite her antics or cries for you to stay.

  • Keep your promise.

You'll build trust and independence as your child becomes confident in her ability to be without you when you stick to your promise of return. The biggest mistake I ever made in this regard was returning to class to "visit" my son about an hour after a terrible transition. I was missing him, and although the return was well-intended, I not only extended the separation anxiety, we started all over again in the process. When I left the second time (and subsequent days) it was near nuclear.

  • Be specific, child style.

When you discuss your return, provide specifics that your child understands. If you know you'll be back by 3:00 pm, tell it to your child on his terms; for example, say, "I'll be back after nap time and before afternoon snack." Define time he can understand. Talk about your return from a business trip in terms of "sleeps." Instead of saying, "I'll be home in 3 days," say, "I'll be home after 3 sleeps."

  • Practice being apart.

Ship the children off to grandma's home, schedule playdates, allow friends and family to provide childcare for you (even for an hour) on the weekend. Before starting childcare or preschool, practice going to school and your goodbye ritual before you even have to part ways. Give your child a chance to prepare, experience, and thrive in your absence!

The article from linked below also provides tips about surviving separation for both children and parents:

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