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Handling Separation Anxiety with Your Child

Giving birth to your baby and witnessing them grow and reach milestones in their early life is always an unforgettable achievement for parents who are also given the gift of fulfillment, joy, and honor in every step of the way throughout their relationship as parent and child. Although their first few months from birth can often prove to be challenging especially for first time parents, being separated from them for the first time is always an emotionally difficult time for both parent and child especially when you will be away for quite some time.

At one point or another, parents will have to be away from their children especially if there is a job waiting for them, which can be even worse if they work in a farther location that means they will have to be gone for a long time, but even if this is without a doubt emotionally challenging for the parents, children and babies are more prone to worse effects, and can even cause trauma in worst cases. While separation is inevitable, steps can be taken by parents to make the first separation bearable for them and their child, and to help children to understand that separation is only temporary no matter how young they are, so that succeeding separations become an acceptable routine that they can trust their parents about.

During the stage of infancy, engaging your child in games that help their developmental stage, such as peek-a-boo activities, can significantly help in developing their understanding when it comes to separation and trusting their parents or caregivers each they have to be separated from them for some time. When you have to be away, especially for a long time, it will also be important to only leave your child in the care of someone, maybe a close relative, whom you can trust that they are familiar with and can always be comfortable and safe with especially once they start to cry and feel uneasy once you leave.

Speaking to them with a calm voice along with a reassuring body language is also helpful to put them at ease and for them to slowly understand the reason you need to be separated from them temporarily, no matter what age they are in. Making sure that they also stay in a familiar place and environment while you are gone is also helpful, especially if they can see their toys and favorite items like their pillow and blanket, as putting them in a new environment without can even be more stressful.

The trust you build not just with your child but also between them and their caregiver is the most important when managing anxiety issues in time of separation. Practicing the separation a few times before it really happens can also help both parents and their child so they can both prepare and anticipate what could possibly happen in any case.