Separation

Babies usually react differently to separation; some of the most common reactions include display of tantrums and weepy goodbyes. Compared to infants, babies generally cope better when it comes to separation, provided their needs are met. It is instructive to note here that parents are probably more anxious of being separated from their young ones than the babies. When kids are around 4 to 7 months, they normally develop a sense of object permanence. This sense instinctively helps babies to acknowledge that people and things only exist when they are in sight. 

When the kids are around a year old, they may develop separation anxiety, especially when left in the company of someone else. Dealing with a preschooler can arouse a serious case of separation anxiety; most preschoolers will react to separation by kicking, not wanting you to leave, crying and working up and becoming restless. It is also important to work with the teachers. To help a child muddle through separation, it is critical to realize and appreciate the fact that separation can be unsettling to the child. Although this experience may soon die down, it requires the implementation of good strategies. 

The strategies include learning how to tell the kid goodbye, facing the problem head on, being honest and keeping time, if the child has to be picked from daycare or school. Parent and guardians of school going children should also be well-prepared for regression. This is important because factors like sickness and school vacation can seriously impact on the entire separation program. Because of the many challenges that come with work and other daily routines, it is important to develop a steady and progressive plan of separation. We recommend that you create a transition process for leaving in the mornings and for reunions in the afternoons to make the whole exercise fun and fulfilling. 

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