Please Don’t Go: Alleviating Separation Anxiety

By: Dr. Charles Sophy

As school winds down does your child wind up?

The separation process can be difficult for all involved. Separation anxiety is the conflicting feelings that children have when they part from the person or people to whom they are most attached. At the end of the school year, many children experience anxiety when saying goodbye to teachers and classmates. Many experience it again at the end of the summer when it's time to go back to school.

Separation anxiety is a normal process in a child's development. It is a process that requires open communication, as well as, self-awareness. The process will be successful if several key points are addressed.

Here are some simple Do's and Don'ts to help alleviate your child's end-of-school (and back-to-school) anxiety and help them (and you) enjoy a much happier summer.



When to reach out

Keep an eye out for the following signs that your child may be experiencing separation anxiety. Most separation anxiety can be solved by increased communication with your child.

Remember: You are the expert when it comes to your family and child. If you have a concern, trust your instinct and find someone trained to help you. Discuss your concerns with friends and family, too. You don't need to worry alone!

© 2005 Dr. Charles Sophy

Dr. Charles Sophy, author of the "Keep 'Em Off My Couch" blog, provides real simple answers for solving life's biggest problems. He specializes in improving the mental health of children. To contact Dr. Sophy, visit his blog at

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