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Addressing Separation Anxiety between Parent and Child

Giving birth to your baby and witnessing them grow and reach milestones in their early life is always an unforgettable achievement for parents who are also given the gift of fulfillment, joy, and honor in every step of the way throughout their relationship as parent and child. Although their first few months from birth can often prove to be challenging especially for first time parents, being separated from them for the first time is always an emotionally difficult time for both parent and child especially when you will be away for quite some time.

At one point or another, parents will have to be away from their children especially if there is a job waiting for them, which can be even worse if they work in a farther location that means they will have to be gone for a long time, but even if this is without a doubt emotionally challenging for the parents, children and babies are more prone to worse effects, and can even cause trauma in worst cases. While separation is inevitable, steps can be taken by parents to make the first separation bearable for them and their child, and to help children to understand that separation is only temporary no matter how young they are, so that succeeding separations become an acceptable routine that they can trust their parents about.

During their developmental stage in the first year of life, playing peek-a-boo with babies help them to understand that something or someone that goes away can come back, which is also important since this is also the stage where they start to build trust with people around them. If you are planning to leave for a significant period of time, leaving your baby with someone they know whom you can also trust when it comes to their welfare will help a lot in putting them at ease if ever they start to feel agitated once they notice you have been gone for a while already.

Reassuring them with your words even if they do not speak yet, well ahead of time before you go away will also help to make them feel safe and for them to start trusting that you are coming back every time you leave them so they can understand it is only temporary. Making sure that they also stay in a familiar place and environment while you are gone is also helpful, especially if they can see their toys and favorite items like their pillow and blanket, as putting them in a new environment without can even be more stressful.

The trust you build not just with your child but also between them and their caregiver is the most important when managing anxiety issues in time of separation. Taking time to practice the process will also help for you to see how they will really react once it happens, so you can also address problems that may arise which you will probably not anticipate if you had not practiced ahead with your child.