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Settling your child

01/07/2012

Babysitters

Babysitters

Children, even within the same family, can have very different responses to being left with a babysitter when their parents go out.  Some love it and feel excited at the change in routine, others prefer to stick to what they know best and complain about these annoying departures from the usual proceedings.  Both these responses are quite normal and should not deter parents from enjoying nights out either more or less frequently than they want to.

For more anxious children, there are a few things that will help contain their fears about this type of separation and hopefully prevent any more extreme worries from developing.  For many parents, these things will be put in place quite naturally, but sometimes if you’re feeling anxious yourself, it can be easy to overlook one or more of these stages:

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01/05/2012

Settling at Nursery

Settling at Nursery

Many if not most young children find separating from their parent at nursery or school difficult in the beginning at least some of the time.  This is completely normal, especially when you consider the following:

  • Young children do not understand the concept of time and don’t really know how long they are going to be left.  They only learn this once they have had numerous experiences of an event.
  • They are used to relying on primary carers to meet (and often anticipate) their needs, which means they may find the prospect of fending for themselves very daunting at first.
  • The new environment/routine takes a while to become familiar.  Nurseries are often quite structured (which helps children settle more quickly) but this in itself is obviously different to most of their previous experiences.


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01/04/2012

The importance of Endings and Goodbyes

The importance of Endings and Goodbyes

Goodbyes are an important ritual in our culture for a good reason.  They signify that something has come to an end and that it is time for something new to happen.  Even when the new event is fun or exciting, this transition itself can be difficult, especially for young children, and it is often important to acknowledge this with them.

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