For many young children, starting back up into the routine of attending preschool can cause a little bit of separation anxiety.
It is important, as a parent or as a teacher, to understand the stressors that lead up to and compound the problem of separation anxiety. As many of you know, my nephew Wy often comes to my house to hang out with me but what you may not know is that there was a time when Wy would get upset and throw himself to the ground whenever he realized that it was time for his mommy to leave.
Separation anxiety is something that all parents and caregivers should understand how to address in a healthy and productive manner.
Elizabeth does a wonderful job covering the issue of separation anxiety in a simple to read and easy to follow manner. Elizabeth’s book covers tips for babies, toddlers, preschool, and school age children. Here is a sneak peak at some of Elizabeth’s tips…
- Allow children to warm up to new situations
- Tell stories that teach
- Have a dress rehearsal
- Give your child a calming trinket
- Have a specific routine for parenting
- Don’t plant worry seeds
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the amazing insight and ideas Elizabeth shares through her book. Each topic above comes with a complete description of what to do and why.
Oh, and in the back of Elizabeth’s book is an envelope with a special surprise – I won’t spoil it for you:)
I know that many of you have developed your own strategies for separation anxiety. Please share your thoughts and insights in the comments below.This article is being shared with you by Deborah Stewart of Teach Preschool - Promoting excellence in early childhood education at home and in the preschool classroom!
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