And while some children need time to readjust to their sleeping schedules, another hurdle first time student’s face is separation anxiety from their parents. In early childhood, crying, tantrums, or clinginess are healthy reactions to separation. Separation anxiety can begin before a child’s first birthday, and may pop up again or last until a child is four years old, but both the intensity level and timing of separation anxiety vary tremendously from child to child. A little worry over leaving mom or dad is normal, even when your child is older. But you can ease your child’s separation anxiety by staying patient and consistent, and by gently but firmly setting limits.
Carla Alvarez – District Education Officer, OW
“That is the biggest mistake that parent make, what we tell pre-school parents is that and especially Infant I parents also is that when you take your child to school the worst thing you can do is to stay there, the longer you stay at the school the more difficult you make it for the child because they suffering from separation anxiety, that is what we call the term for it, and so the long you stay there the longer you prolong the anxiety so what we recommend is that as soon as you reach school you hug your child, you kiss your child and you leave the school, and we don’t mean you leave the classroom and you hang around and you stay there at the principal’s office and you want to peep at your child and so on because children see that and they pick up on that and so we advise all parent and of course if it is especially it is the first child going to school I mean it is hard to say I am going to leave my child drying at school because I mean no parent wants to do that but we have seen cases where the parent cries and make it worst and so my advice would be that as soon as you reach school drop off your child and you leave the compound completely and if you consistently do that then you child will get accustomed to the idea that ok this is what I need to go through, that is one of the benefits for sending your child to pre-school, we find out that children who go to pre-school and who have gone through that process for one or two years at the pre-school level have a much in fact most children who have gone through pre-school by the time they go Infant I they don’t go through that separation anxiety because they didn’t went through when they were much younger, so it is one of the benefits for sending your children to pre-school.”
Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage experienced by nearly all children starting when they're between 10 and 18 months old and usually lasting until age 4.
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