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6-12 MONTHS SHOWING SIGNS OF DISTRESS WHEN PARENTS LEAVE

6-12 MONTHS SHOWING SIGNS OF DISTRESS WHEN PARENTS LEAVE

Decoded message:

I am sad and I don’t want you to leave me!
I am not sure if you will come back.
I wonder who will stay with me and why you’re leaving without me.
I feel so alone.

Suggested actions:

Comforting

Hold your child and tell him where you are going and how long you will be gone.
Even if he doesn’t completely understand what you are saying, he will see that you acknowledge his sadness or his fear.
Gently hand him over to the adult who will look after him while you are absent and tell him that you will return as soon as possible.
Make sure he has his favorite toy (blanket, plush toy, etc.), as this will help him deal with your absence.
Try to leave while your child is somewhat calm.

Making amends

Tell your child that it is okay to stay with the adult who will look after him while you’re absent.
Be sure to tell him where you are going and that you will come back.
Go directly to your child when you return.
Tell him that you are back, just as you’d promised.
Tell him that you are happy to see him again and that you missed him.