Find Your School

Found Near You

Our Blog: August 13, 2021

6 Ways to Curb Separation Anxiety

A new school year, especially after this past year, can bring about new anxieties in little ones. Here are some simple ways to help put them at ease:

  1. Develop a goodbye ritual, such as a secret handshake, to do during drop-offs
  2. Keep promises of when you will be back and be specific about when you will return to pick up your child.
  3. When you tell your child you’re leaving, do not stall. As difficult as this can be, making it a bigger deal or drawing the process out can often times increase their anxiety.
  4. Talk about what your child may see in their school this year – a new lunch routine? Teachers wearing face coverings?
  5. If possible, send them to school with a memento from home, such as a favorite stuffed animal toy, or blanket.
  6. Practice spending time away from your child – short times at first, and then gradually increase the time.
  7. Have some fun before leaving the house for school! Laughing or dancing around together can settle their nerves and help prevent a meltdown at drop off.