Whether it is for day care or with a baby sitter, there will come a time when your toddler will get a bit anxious at the idea of not being so close to you. For most young children being separated from their parents is a common fear starting at around the age of eight months up to the age of two. Just remember that your toddler is expressing anxiety at being separated from what they know as being safe in their world. As they get older their confidence will increase and these feelings will begin to settle down.
When a child acts fearful while being apart from their parents or guardians, they are experiencing separation anxiety. This is likely to begin when they are able to recognise between you, the parents, and other people like family, friends and strangers.
Thankfully there are some signs you can identify to help get through this experience. If your toddler experiences anxiety when they are separated from you, they can:
So now that you know some of the signs, here are some tips on how to help relieve your toddler’s anxiety about being separated:
All of this may sound a little bit scary, but just remember that most children experience some sort of fear or worry at some point. If your toddler appears to be distressed on a regular basis about being separated from you, be sure to see a health care professional. A child’s heath and overall happiness can be affected by severe anxiety.
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