Why separation anxiety happens?
- March 4, 2016
- Caregiver Minds
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Anxiety manifests in various forms and one-way children experience it is when they separate from their primary caregiver which is usually the mother. This is a normal phenomenon in a child’s development and is usually experienced at 8 months when the child becomes aware that they are a separate entity from their mother and that they are dependent on their mother. Therefore any separation is experienced as a loss of the mother. It takes time for the child to understand that the mother has her own needs and motives that makes separations necessary. In fact, separation anxiety tells us something about the security of the attachment relationship between the child and the primary care giver. Separation Anxiety is not just experienced by the child but also by the primary care giver.
The following article and video show how separation anxiety presents in a child and a mother and how one can manage separation anxiety with sensitive parenting: