Separation Anxiety

Boy cries in mother's arms. Maybe they have to part.

Separations are inevitable, and all children have feelings about being away from you.  Sometimes these are easy to manage, and sometimes they make parting for short times difficult and stressful.

The good news is that you can make a plan for resolving your child’s feelings about separation. You can fill their cup of connection, build safety, and listen to their feelings in a way that will build your child’s confidence and resilience.  They will be able to be happy to leave you and be able to fully enjoy themselves while you are away, knowing you will return.

Listen here as Madeleine and her colleague, Rebecca Nowlen, talk through how the Hand in Hand approach can help.

Learn about Playing Away Separation Anxiety

Download this article “Separation Anxiety Recovery” from Patty Wipfler, Hand in Hand Parenting (Palo Alto) Founder.  She outlines why children have fears about separation from you, and the steps you can take to assist them. She explains the “long goodbye”, and what to do if you have to leave in a hurry.

Try this Course:  This online, self guided course is full of useful information about how to use connection and play and listening to shift your child’s fears about parting from you for short times.  Consisting of three “classes”, you will learn about why your child is afraid of you leaving, how to provide reassurance and build connection through play, and how to listen to their sadness and upsets.  For about $AU50 ($UD39), it’s a real bargain.  Combine it with a Parenting Consultation with Madeleine to work out how to apply the approach in your family.

Would you like to talk to someone in-person? 

We can help you make a connection plan that will help resolve the tensions about leaving your children for short times.  Book a consultation now! You weren’t meant to parent alone


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The image above is “CL Society 118: Boy crying” by Francisco Osorio