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Parenting snapshots: How to cope with Separation anxiety


In this week’s parenting snapshot we talk about separation anxiety.  Separation anxiety is more common in younger children and toddlers, especially when they are aware you are about to leave them.  There is no set age when it starts occurring but the usual age seems to be  between 1-2 years old and often with no cause.  Your child has only known you as their main carer and don’t possess the concept of knowing when you are coming back.  They are learning to understand that they are separate from you and this can be a huge wrench for a young child.

Some of the topics I cover with Beckie Whitehouse of Be Confident Coaching are:

  1. How you can help your child when starting pre-school or nursery
  2. Reassurance
  3. Handling your own emotions
  4. Starting full time school for the first time

Does your child have separation anxiety?  Do you have any other tips for our readers on how to cope with it?  As usual, do leave your comments for us below.

Other topics you may find useful are:

Photo credit: / Stuart Miles

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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