Curbing Separation AnxietyPosted: June 17, 2014
Either you have gone through it, in the middle of it, or it is going to happen soon.
Separation anxiety is a normal behavior for very young children (8 months to a year and a half). All children at some point in life will experience the fear of being along. It happens when a child fears being away from their parent. The child has no idea if their parent will come back, even in a game of peek-a-boo.
Unfortunately as life progresses, separation anxiety should go away, if it does not go away it will turn into a disorder which is a bigger problem that could result in therapy or medication.
One way to curb separation anxiety is for the parents to be the presence of peace in their child’s life. Why? Because a parent’s personal anxiety, and nervousness can rub off on your children. So it is important for them to be an example of peace.
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) say’s “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
If you are feeling anxious about anything, whether it be dropping your child off at preschool or having a stressful day at work. Give those anxieties to God, and you will be teaching your child, even at a young age, to trust in God.