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It’s normal to witness separation anxiety for kids, especially if it is their first time going to school or nursery. However, most mothers start noticing that they suffer just as hard as their kids. The mom tends to not accept the separation especially if it’s her first or only child. Digging deeper into these emotions, our certified Positive Discipline Educator, Rana Hany, shares with us some tips to deal with separation anxiety.
Validate your feelings
A mother has all the right to get emotional. Hany explained that it’s normal for the mother to cry when dropping her child at school or to have a sleepless night the day before school. “The mom has to be careful not to involve her kids in negative emotions that might cause them any harm.”
Don’t reflect it on your child
The mother has to pay attention if her emotions are reflected on her child in a negative way. A child might lose interest in going to school after witnessing the negative impact it has on the mother. “The mother is now causing a separation anxiety for the child that was not initially there,” she further explained.
Do not scare your child about going to a new place. There is a big difference between taking the needed safety procedures and overreacting to dangers that exist only in the mother’s mind.
Avoid leading questions
“Will you miss me?”, “Are you afraid of going to school?” are leading questions that might cause anxiety to the child. Hany advised moms who have difficulty controlling similar feelings to seek help from a professional source.
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