October 6th, 2013
Five ways to help your child cope with separation anxiety
by: Elizabeth Pantley
eading off to daycare or preschool for the first time is a huge milestone in a child’s life. Some children happily run off to play, but others simply superglue themselves to your leg. If you have a superglue kid, here are some ways to help him loosen his grip so he can enjoy his new experience.
1. Ease into the transition to daycare or school
For children who suffer from separation anxiety, it can help to move slowly into the new routine. If your child is struggling, see if you can arrange to build up to the daycare or preschool schedule. Begin with a one-hour segment for a day or two, moving to a two-hour segment, and eventually to the full schedule. Regression can happen after a weekend, so it might help to shorten the first day back by a few hours to allow your child to readjust. After a month or two of the new schedule, your child should settle into his new routine.