Returning to Work and Dealing With Separation Anxiety

Preparing your baby for your return to the workforce.

Work and Separation

Wouldn’t you know it? Just as parents are ready to return to the workforce full-time, baby’s hit a developmental milestone that makes that so difficult. Dr. Saul Greenberg, Pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children explains. “Separation anxiety actually reaches a peak at around a year of age, and what happens is that babies want to be near their mothers all the time. We often find that when taking a baby to a baby sitter or a drop-in centre, the babies get very upset and want to be near their mothers. It’s a normal developmental phase that many babies go through.”

Short periods of separation earlier in a baby’s life can help lesson this anxiety later. Dr. Greenberg suggests that “one should try even earlier on to have baby-sitters look after children at a younger age or have other parents or grandparents looking after them, and that will help decrease some of that separation anxiety when it does occur.”

The Parent Report’s Expert guest is Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

Related Articles


(0) Readers Comments

Comments are closed.