Bye Bye, Baby: 7 Tips to Help Avoid Separation Meltdowns in Kids by Jill Ceder, LMSW, JD
Separation anxiety makes it hard to say goodbye. Try these tips to help curb separation anxiety!
- By 6 months, introduce other caregivers.
- Start a routine of saying bye to your child whenever you leave.
- Develop a ritual. It will signal to your child that it’s time for you to go.
- Each time you say bye, tell your child that you'll return.
- Don't sneak out! Sneaking sends a confusing message.
- Have caregivers redirect your kid's attention if a meltdown starts.
- Try your best not to return if crying starts. Coming back gives kids an incentive to cry harder and longer next time.
And remember, Mom, this too shall pass.