Leaving your child with a babysitter may cause your son or daughter to feel separation anxiety when it’s time to say goodbye. When you are leaving your child in the care of a babysitter, here are four tips to use the next time you are heading out.
Tip #1 – Start small
Starting small is a good strategy for parents whose children are not used to being around non-familial caregivers. As you head out, ease your child into the idea of staying with a babysitter. Try having the sitter over for small increments of time while you run errands or clean the house so your child can adjust to your absence more easily. Progressively increase the amount of time you are away from your son or daughter until he or she is comfortable being in the sitter’s care for several consecutive hours.
Tip #2 – Stick to your child’s schedule
A daily routine provides a healthy structure for your child. Plan your time away from the house according to this schedule. For example, if your daughter eats dinner at 5:30pm every night, plays or reads afterwards, and is in bed by 7:30pm, request that the babysitter still follows that timetable. Disrupting your child’s routine could affect the rest of her evening, potentially leaving her confused and unhappy.
Tip #3 – Stay calm
When leaving your children with a babysitter, remain calm and positive. If you seem worried or concerned, your child will pick up on your feelings and begin to experience those same emotions, which can disrupt your departure. The more positive you are about leaving, the better response your children will have to your absence.
Tip #4 – Validate your child’s feelings
Your child may get upset or sad when you leave. It is important to validate your child’s feelings. A good way to do this is explaining to the child that he is feeling upset. This will show him you understand his emotions and hopefully calm him down. Working through this together also helps him develop the proper words to verbalize his emotions on his own.
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