Separation Anxiety in Young Children – What to do When it’s Time to Go to School
Posted: August 25, 2022
I wrote this blog in the fall of 2019 before everything shifted for us and our children. However, as we have shifted back into school and work, separation anxiety is becoming even more challenging for some. Young kids have a hard time with transitions, change, and saying goodbye to their parents. It isn’t uncommon, but some kids really struggle in a way that disrupts their learning and also their parent’s schedule. Below, is my original blog with updates since we are now supporting children who have experienced social isolation (quarantine) and parents who often get to stay home (and work) while they have to leave and go to school.
The Clingy, Panicked Kid
It’s fall, the kids are all back to school, and what is the #1 challenge I see coming through my door? Separation anxiety. If you are a parent you’ve probably seen that panicked look in your child’s eyes – you’ve felt those little arms wrapped around your legs with superhero strength and those tiny hands grabbing at your hands, your clothes, your bag, and, literally anything else they can latch on to.