Separation anxiety in kids can be challenging. Read these children’s books about separation anxiety to help your child cope with these difficult feelings.
Imagine the infant who cries the instant her parents put her down, or the preschooler who has to let go of daddy’s hand and stay with his new teacher.
Whether it’s the first day of school or meeting a new sitter, dealing with separation anxiety isn’t easy on anyone. You might get annoyed (“Why does he cry every time I step five feet away?”), worried (“How is he coping in his new school?”), or downright frustrated.
Despite these emotions that separation anxiety riles up in us, it’s actually quite normal and even beneficial, especially when faced with a new environment. All kids feel it at some point—a healthy sign that they know whom to trust.
They just might need a little help understanding the situation and feel reassured that mom or dad will always pick them up after daycare. That we’ll come back after stepping away to the kitchen, and that we’ll be there in the morning after a whole night’s sleep.
One of the best ways to talk about these scenarios is by reading about them with your child. Take a look at these children’s books about separation anxiety to help your child learn how to cope. He’ll realize that others feel the same way, feel reassured that it’s normal, and learn how to manage his feelings.
Children’s books about separation anxiety
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