My daughter is almost 2 and seems to be having some severe seperation anxiety

Trisha - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I was working but i quit my job in January and in the last month it has gotten so bad that I cant even go outside in the driveway to talk to a neighbor without her screaming ..nothing has changed so I am bafled by the constant need to have me by her side

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Crystal - posted on 06/17/2009

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She has you home now, but I do not believe that she is certain you will stay. All children around that age suffer some separation anxiety. Just remember to talk to her about what you are doing and where you are going. Perhaps if it is convenient to take her outside with you that may be less stressful to her. Children up to four years old are still determining that they are their own person and that they can in fact can occupy time without constant supervision. Another possibility is if you have a window that she can look out of to see you talking with the neighbor it might reassure her that you are not getting into your car and leaving. It takes a lot of repetition to enforce positive ideas into a child's head, and unfortunately only a couple of times to enforce negative ones. I really hope that this helps, at least on some level.

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Claire - posted on 06/24/2009

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hi i have a little boy who is 2 in august he was really clingy and had seperation probs i found telling him we were going to nannys getting there and telling him i was going outside for 5 mins whilst he was playing with grandad, and i was making it longer and longer each time now i can drop him off and just leave him try it with a friend or a family member you child trusts and she'll learn that although your dropping her off your be back to get her good luck

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