how to help my 2 year old daughter to stop crying

Desiree - posted on 12/01/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is 2 and a half years old and me and her father had separated recently and all of a sudden she started crying for me every time I leave her I can't even use the washroom.without her crying and she was never like this when. Her father was around I Just don't no why she cries every lIL Second I leave her and it's hard on me wish I knew how to stop her from crying everytime :( it's alot to handle at times does anyone no how I can stop her from crying I need answers


Elizabeth - posted on 12/02/2014




She is experiencing the separation emotions from you and her husband's split. It is part of a grieving process she is going through and this is how she is dealing with it unfortunately. I suggest maybe talking with your pediatrician about getting her into "play therapy." Sounds like she is having some anxiety regarding the recent changes in the household. Play therapy could be beneficial to the both of you. Good luck!


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Sarah - posted on 12/02/2014




This behavior is typical for a 2 yo that is not going through a separation of her parents. I agree that play therapy may be very helpful. She is feeling uncertain and insecure about the people in her life. If one goes away, she doesn't know that you will come back. Start at home with talking to her when you need to use the bathroom and then keep talking while you are in the restroom; "Mommy has to go potty! Let's sing/ count/ dance while I am gone" then sing or count or whatever, when you are washing up, "Mommy is almost done!" then when you return to her big hugs and kisses and "that wasn't so bad, was it?" You want her to learn that you and her dad will return to her when you leave. it is going to take a little while for her to feel more certain about your situation.

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