Parenting 411: Separation Anxiety

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Leaving your child with a caregiver or at school isn’t an easy process for your kids – or for you.

If your child feels worried when you leave them, you feel worried too. But, the good news is, that the anxiety will eventually go away!

New Mexico Living’s parenting correspondent Lexi Petronis has some insight into how to manage separation anxiety.

“One of the first things to do is talk to a teacher, talk to a caregiver – get to the root of the cause of that anxiety. It might not be because the kid doesn’t want you to leave or thinks they’re never going to see you again.

“They could be bored at school; maybe they’re overstimulated, under stimulated, maybe it’s social anxiety from not being around kids. It’s best to talk to them because they will know what happens after you leave. Because sometimes the minute you step out the door, everything is fine,” recommends Petronis.

Kids rely heavily on set schedules and routines. If they know what their day is going to look like, or when you will return to pick them up, they often will have less anxiety to begin with.

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