THIS MONTH'S TOPIC - OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY
"Clinginess and tears are actually a healthy reaction to separation. It shows our child is bonded to us. As a child grows older separation anxiety should lesson. In the meantime how do we deal with it as a parent?
We can't always be WITH our child, but there is ONE who is ALWAYS with them. And not only is Jesus always with them, His affection for them is always present.
So as we REST in the fact that God is always present with our child, and has a constant love for them what can we DO as parents to help a child move past separation anxiety?
1. Develop a good-bye ritual.
2. Be consistent.
3. Leave with confidence.
4. Come up with a comfort object.
Separation anxiety is lessened when we as the parent exude confidence and calmness at drop off. Leaving your child will actually help your child in the end, so fight the urge to feel guilty about leaving them. Your job as a parent is to help them become independent, and they can't do that while clinging to your leg!"
Take a few moments to watch this month's video.
Also, scroll below to find additional age specific help for your child in the coming year. We encourage you to try some of the ideas shared in the videos and attached resources to help you intentionally shape your child in God's ways.
Each Rite of Passage provides two videos for you as a parent to watch. The first video is the "why" video. It explains why you should walk through the Rite of Passage. The other video is the "how to" video providing you with a step-by-step guide in how to set up these Rites of Passages. Here's a description of the associated documents.
- The Kickstarter is the biblical background for each Rite of Passage
- The Parent Guide is an extension of the "how to" video
- The Developmental Guide helps you know what's going on physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually with your child