Your normally smiley 18-month-old is suddenly wailing during daycare drop. How can you soothe her separation anxiety? Test these approaches for a few days and you might learn what works best for her.
There are a few things you can do to make drop-offs less difficult for your daughter (and you). First, I recommend that you ask the childcare provider for her ideas since, I assure you, she has seen this happen before. Additionally, here are three tried and true "good good-byes" that I have come across:
Finally, remember that you MUST behave in a positive fashion during drop-off time — even if you are heartbroken by her crying. Avoid saying things like "Mommy will miss you, too," and instead try, "We are going to have so much fun when I see you later!" and "You're going to have such a great day — I can't wait until you tell me about it when I pick you up!" Your child will pick up on your positive attitude.
There is no single "right" way to solve this dilemma. It is really a matter of trying a variety of approaches for a few days each until you find one that best addresses the needs of your child. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing that your child is following in the footsteps of many daycare toddlers before her!
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