Let’s Talk SepAnx
Separation Anxiety. Do all children go through it?
PK is going through it. Big time. I know both Bean and Plum went through it, but I’m pretty sure they were both younger than PK is. PK is 14 months old now and his separation anxiety is getting difficult to cope with. If he can have free access to me, then unless he is tired or hungry, he will happily play with his toys. If we’re in the same room but he can’t have access to me for some reason, then he gets upset. He can be happy as can be, but if I leave the room – even to go to the kitchen, where he can see me, but I’m on the other side of the baby gate – he screams and screams. If I leave the house though, he tends to be OK.
I know it’s completely normal for children to have separation anxiety but I’d be really interested in knowing whether anyone has any tips to help us all get through this. We don’t do CIO etc, so seeing him so upset at times when I actually can’t pick him up and give him a cuddle is so hard. It’s not like he’s even left without someone he knows well – when I leave the room, he’s with his father, Stonelaughter, and usually, his brother and sister too. I don’t remember it being this much of an issue with Bean and Plum.