Five year old son suddenly struggling with separation anxiety!

Lisa - posted on 03/23/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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We moved our soon to be 5 yr. old son to a new daycare closer to the school where he will be attending kindergarten. He is struggling immensely! He cries the night before going to his new daycare and cries for hours after I leave in the morning. He is in a safe fun environment. The provider is one of the areas best. I hate to see him so upset. I feel so guilty leaving him this way everyday. Any suggestions as to how we can decrease or eliminate his anxiety ( and mine)?

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Heather - posted on 03/24/2012

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Trust your instincts. My daughter was 3 when I switched her to a new daycare. She would cry when I would drop her off and say she didn't want to go there. I thought it was just her adjusting to a new setting and people. When I received a call from another parent who told me stories about the daycare provider in her room yelling at kids and taking their blankets away at naptime, I was sorry I didn't trust my instincts. I pulled her out of that daycare that day and never went back. When I took her back to her old daycare I knew immediately I made the right choice and I should have trusted my instincts.

I'm not saying this is your situation, but trust the things you know and if something doesn't feel right then you do what you need to do and you don't need any proof of anything to back anything up. When it comes to your child, do what you think is best and right. Good luck

Bonnie - posted on 03/24/2012

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I would probably ask him why he is so upset to find out exactly what is going on. Maybe it is something more. Reassure him that it will be okay. It is a change for him so it is understandable. Kids usually adjust fairly quick so it shouldn't be an ongoing thing if all it is is being in a new environment.

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Lisa - posted on 03/24/2012

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Thank you Bonnie! I really am hoping this is the case. The daycare is the only one in our area where it would work with him going to school and us working FT. I really to worry about how he is being treated after I leave; however, this is a new environment for me as well. Time will tell. My anxiety goes through the roof when it comes to those tears. I just want him to be happy and have fun when I am at work. Praying this works itself out!

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