Lately my 3-year has been having some separation anxiety with me. She didn’t care for last three years when I left to do things but lately she get upset when I say I am leaving. She runs after me and offers me repeated hugs and kisses (she says hugs and kisses, hugs and kisses). She does it a little bit to Michael but not as much.
So over the weekend when I went to run errands I just snuck out the door. I hate doing that because God forbid I die in a car accident and I didn’t say goodbye to my children or kiss them or tell them that I love them. But it did make it a heck of a lot easier to get out of the house!
In general when I say goodbye to anyone in my family, we always say I love you and I generally kiss them. When I take the big kids to school I say I love you and at the very least touch their hands or arms as they climb out of the car (depending on how fast they have to jump out). Michael always get an “I love you” and some days a kiss depending on where I am in the house when he leaves.
When I leave Lilina in the Y you would think I was taking off for a month in Europe. I spend at least five minutes trying to get out of there. (The Y staff said you just have to keep on coming, and in the last few weeks she’s calmed down about it.) My older ones did more of that stuff when they were younger.
Here were some tips I found on Babble about separation anxiety:
Did your kids ever have separation anxiety? How did you handle? Do you ever do the sneak out just to avoid a long goodbye?