According to the American Academy of Pediatrics there are several helpful things that parents and caregivers can do to ease a child’s separation anxiety.
Ease children into routine
Be consistent in routines and schedules
Encourage parents to leave quietly
Have a goodbye ritual
Be firm and persistent
Have a consistent goodbye ritual
Encourage parents to leave quietly and return quietly
It is important for children of all ages to have a familiar face greet them when they arrive at child care as well as consistent daily routines and goodbye rituals. It is also helpful if children arrive at child care well fed and rested. Working with parents to establish a consistent routine and arrival ritual is one of the best ways to ease separation anxiety in children of all ages.
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