December 14, 2006 9:32am CST
My wonderful two-year-old boy cannot be by himself for ANY period of time. For instance if he wakes up and we are not beside his bed, he cries until he makes himself sick. He is fine as long as one of the two of us is with him, but I am beginning to wonder about how to foster independence in him. If we are cooking in the kitchen and send him right outside th door, he is okay as long as he can see us. He much prefers to be playing under our feet though. Suggestions?
• United States
14 Dec 06
He is suffering seperation anxiety. He will eventually grow out of this, but it will take time and work from the both of you. You will have to try to let him not see you for a verry short time, and reassure him that you are nearby (i.e. just around the corner of a wall.). Slowly lengthen the time that he cannot see you. The seperation anxiety will eventually go away. The same thing happens with dogs as well.