Separation anxiety is when someone feels upset or fearful about being away from another person. This can sometimes happen if your child has been spending a lot of time with you. They may find it difficult to leave you, or become upset or clingy.
Some children will find it takes some time to adapt to changes to their routine, like starting nursery or school. Or there may be other changes in their life where they need some extra support.
It’s quite common for children to feel this way, and you can help them understand.
It might feel hard to leave your child, especially if they’re upset. But over time, spending time with others will help your child build their independence.
Practise the idea of separation with your child to help them get used to it. Allow them to get more comfortable with the idea of being away from you.
Try some tactics to make the process feel easier for both of you: