Thursday, October 13, 2011
on separation anxiety
1 year Photo by Rachel Lusky
River is having some major separation anxiety going on lately.
When I used to drop him off at the Y or the church nursery he would wave bye to me (and basically shoo me away) even though it broke my heart I was so thankful .. possibly even prideful.. at how social he was.. and then he'd just go play. Now he kicks, screams, hyperventilates, and cries. (thats a slight exaggeration) But he wont stop crying. Im always paged and have to go pick him up.
I know this is normal for kids. And it seems to happen at different ages for some. I feel like especially with all the change he had at once and Freeland being gone (which he cant control, obviously!) it may have made it worse?
photo by Rachel Lusky
We've tried sitting with him and playing until he is comfortable. We've talked it up.. explained what we're doing.. encouraged him .. told him that we will be right back to get him.. we even tried turning and just walking away in hopes he would calm down. Gave him his binkie and his blanket to hold.. snacks (his love language) all the tricks have been used and none have helped so far.
It seems we'll just have to let him work it out himself and give him the time to do it???
But my question and what I would love to know is how any of you handled it. And how long did it last for? Thanks in advance! Hopefully hearing every one's response helps some of you too!!