The idea of going back to school and leaving his Mom is making Gulliver feel sick. What if something happened to him? What if something happens to his Mom? Remembering the back to school plan might just get them out the door on time.

Separation Anxiety:

Separation anxiety is a normal part of childhood

Children struggling with separation anxiety often complain of stomach or head aches that keep them from going to school

Establishing coping techniques is important

Tips and tricks:

Let your child know it is normal to feel anxious around transition or change

Sneaking away when your child doesn’t notice is not an effective exit strategy and might increase their anxiety

Send a note or a special toy your child can turn to for extra comfort when you are gone

Don’t give in- if it is important for your child to stick to the plan- stick to the plan. Every time you give in you are teaching that avoiding anxiety is an effective way of dealing with it.