Paige started nursery in September. It took her a couple of weeks to settle in but after that she was fine. She would walk in happily and have loads of fun while she was there. When the weekends came she would always ask to go to nursery and ask about her friends.
Things didn't stay that way.
She started saying she missed us. Then started not asking to go. Then started not wanting to go. It's so hard walking your child to pre school every morning knowing they don't want to go. We'd walk, sing songs, talk about what we'd do after school and the closer to school we got that was when she would say she didn't want to go. Then the tears would come. I've have to hand her over with tears in her eyes and mine.
Once she is at school she is perfectly fine. She plays with everyone. She is lovely with her teachers. She even got the first ever star of the day. It's just leaving me she doesn't like.
Separation anxiety. Anxiety.
When Paige was younger she suffered with stranger anxiety. Quite badly at one point. We thought that was the end. I thought that as she got older it would be easier to explain to her and that she would be able to explain to us.
We are trying to help her through this just like we did then.
We talk about pre school and how much fun she has. We talk about her friends. I try to get her excited to go. We talk about how mummy and Parker will always come back to get her. I bring her teddy with me when I pick her up. We are trying everything we can think of.
We try not to say that she is being silly. Or tell her to be a big girl. For some reason leaving me makes her anxious and I don't want her to think that it isn't ok for her to feel that way because it is. It's ok for her to feel however she is feeling. It's ok for her to express her feelings. It's just hard for her and me.
I'm hoping she outgrows it just like she once did before. She is such a happy little girl normally that's its so hard to see her this way. Her teachers are concerned as she really does get over it almost straight away once I've left. Its just those couple of minutes s we say bye.Has your child experienced separation anxiety?