sad­ness

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

It’s hard for us mums to think of our lit­tle ones feel­ing sad, but it’s a fact that some­times they do. “The most com­mon cause of sad­ness in tod­dlers is sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety,” says Mar­got. “This is a very real and painful emo­tion for chil­dren, a gen­uine feel­ing of loss. If your lit­tle one is start­ing a new rou­tine that means be­ing away from you, maybe at nurs­ery or with a child­min­der, the one thing that you can do to make it eas­ier is to make time for him as he set­tles in.” He’ll want to spend more time with you while he works through th­ese emo­tions, so keep your di­ary as clear as pos­si­ble for a few days. “Re­search shows that the set­tling-in process takes around three days,” says Mar­got. Have a stash of books ready for some sofa-time. And make sure one raises the emo­tions that your tod­dler might be feel­ing, such as Owl Ba­bies, which tells the story of three lit­tle owls whose mummy leaves but al­ways re­turns.

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