Either you’ve already experienced it, you’re in the middle of it or it’s on the horizon. What is it? Separation anxiety. Pediatricians help us understand that separation anxiety is so tough on kids because they don’t understand object permanence. A child realizes mom is gone and what they think is, “Oh my gosh, MY MOM IS GONE,” like forever gone.
It’s why we play hide and seek or peekaboo with little ones. We want to reinforce the idea that even though you can’t see an object doesn’t mean it’s gone. The fear produced over this misunderstanding is what we call separation anxiety. It creates an anxiety in our children, and much of the time, an anxiety in us as parents.
Take some time to check out this video to see how we can deal with anxiety.