How do I help my 2 year old deal with separation anxiety? My son turned 2 last month and he is very very clingy to the point I can’t even leave the room without him coming too. I just want some suggestions on how to get him to stop having such bad separation anxiety with me.

Posted by anon, 04/09/13

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  • Start with small wins, such as leaving the room regularly til he gets used to it. Expand the time and then start experimenting with leaving the room at a friends house, leaving him with family fir short bursts.



  • It says this q is 2 years old – what worked for you? My daughter is like this with her dad



  • What did you end up doing to help with the separation anxiety?



  • Hope some of the advice below has helped.



  • maybe try playgroup or child care where they can play with other children



  • how is it going now?



  • How is your son going now?



  • What did you end up doing?



  • Is he attending a day care ? Maybe look at getting him into a casual day care – that is what I had to do to break my eldest daughter who had bad separation anxiety.



  • It is a phase, eventually he will grow out of.



  • Just assure them that you will return and start by only short trips away and lengthen them with time



  • Wanted to know aswell, thanks for posting.



  • I too have experienced this, more than ever before! I am trying to enjoy our time together and to remember that all too soon she’ll be grown up and probably want to be totally independent.
    Frustrating as it is, I would (am!) trying to ride it out and enjoy the moment. It is very natural.
    Good luck! ;)



  • Short breaks without you and gradually lengthen the time A favourite toy could help too



  • I am pretty sure that it is just a stage and it will pass… Try distracting him with a toy when you want to leave and see if that helps…


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