I'm not sure if it's genetic or some parental accident, but both my older kids (and I expect my preschooler to follow) have gone through separation anxiety.
And I'm not just talking about the kind that babies experience when Mommy tries to drop them off at the church nursery. Because there's that. But also a season of extreme fear-fear of being left (like while I'm at the mailbox in the front yard), being forgotten (accidentally leaving them somewhere), or just simply never coming back.
I like to think they just really like us.
But I know this fear is very real, nearly paralyzing. As a parent, I cannot imagine doing any of the above. I've assured, convinced, promised and reminded. For my oldest, this terrible time was healed with the exchange of special necklaces-two halves that equaled a whole. Whenever we were going to be apart, we would both wear them. My girl would touch her necklace and instantly be reminded that it was a promise. I would return.
Although my son is in the middle of this season, he is facing his fear head on. He knows with his head that we will be there and he's learning it with his heart. He is being very brave and even wants to go to summer church camp. He's tackling his fears.
I'm so proud of my children. They are learning to conquer their fears, one at a time.
This is one of life's difficult lessons. There are so many on the road to growing up. I'd like to introduce you to a new resource that is there to help during those bumpy times: Bedtime Theater.
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