Note to Readers: Separation anxiety is stressful for children, parents, teachers, and anyone listening to the screams that can accompany saying goodbye. Separation anxiety can be reduced with role-playing. Take turns with your child saying goodbye and returning to a hug and a hello. This method is especially effective when the child gets to play the part of mom or dad. Children are empowered when they realized mom and dad will return. It is especially gratifying when your child copies your techniques to soothe you (pretending to be the child) with the skills you have given them. Remember to check your own anxiety levels surrounding separating from your child. Your feelings set the tone for your child’s. Children look to their parents for strength and stability. Thanks to Elaine for bringing up this subject.
By Elaine Hirsch