Separation anxiety in kids can be challenging. If your child is upset, these 11 children’s books about separation anxiety will help.
Imagine the infant who cries the instant his parents put him down. Or the preschooler who must let go of daddy’s hand and stay with her new teacher.
Whether in the infant or preschool ages, dealing with kids’ anxieties isn’t easy. It can be annoying (“Why does she cry every time I step five feet away?”). Or worrisome (“How is he coping in his new school?”). Or downright frustrating.
The good news is that separation anxiety is normal and even beneficial. Most kids feel it at some point, and the anxiety is a healthy sign that they know whom to trust.
The bad news is that it isn’t exactly pleasant to tear yourself away from your kids.
Sometimes kids need a little help to understand the situation. They need reassurance that mom or dad will always pick them up. That they’ll come back after stepping away to the kitchen. That they’ll be there in the morning after a whole night’s sleep.
Here are 11 children’s books about separation anxiety:
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