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Separation Anxiety

Velcro Baby

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

I have never known attachment like this. I have never so much as witnessed attachment like this. Picture me holding this baby while I do dishes, while I prepare meals, while I type e-mails, while I pee, while I do anything.

What 3,000 Miles Feels Like

Lauren DePino | Posted 10.13.2015 | Women
Lauren DePino

Exactly one month ago, I boarded a one-way flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. It was overbooked. When I waited at the gate, an airline attendant offered me a $500 voucher to not take the flight. I considered it. I've never left home in my life.

Is Your Child Avoiding School?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

When kids are asked, "How was school today?" or "How was your day today?" some kids don't answer at all or gratuitously give a shrug. Other kids gaily mention at least one thing they did which they enjoyed. What do we do with the kids with the shrug?

Trying To Keep Calm While Sending My Kid Off To College For the First Time

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Erris Langer Klapper

I SO didn't want to be THAT mom. You know the type, whose life revolves around her children to such an extent that she decompensates the summer before her firstborn goes to college. Nope. Not me. I'm productive and busy.

Dreading That Daycare Drop-Off? Here Are 8 Ways To Make It Easier

Today | Jade Walker | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents

Is your baby or toddler headed to daycare this fall? If so, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about how your child will handle the move away...

How to Leave Your Separation-Anxiety-Ridden Dog Home Alone in 43 Easy Steps

Stephanie Land | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
 Stephanie Land

After having her with us for a couple of weeks, we discovered she, understandably, did not like being left at home alone. I empathized with this completely, knowing how stressful the first three years of her life had been before finding us.

How to Leave Your Child for Vacation in 10 Easy Steps

Jill Patir | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

Plan your trip far enough in advance so that it's nothing more than a faint light in the distance. Put it on the backburner of your thoughts. Passive aggressive is the only way to go.

9 Ways to Take Charge of Bedtime Fears

Tamar Chansky | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

Even if your child's fears seem unreasonable to you, you can help them feel more safe -- emotionally safe -- by not challenging the fact that they are afraid.

Separation Anxiety and Seasonal Enrichments

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

I always encourage my clients to look at their life from their dog's perspective. Many of my current complaints can be traced to the August to September transformation, with dogs suffering the worst bouts of anxiety and frustration when suddenly left alone.

High Anxiety

Marcia Liss | Posted 10.25.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Traveling Mom: The Ultimate Hypocrite

Janie Porter | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Who goes to Paris and isn't head-over-heels, can't-stop-smiling excited about it? A Mom, that's who.

Growing Up Is So Hard!

Joree Rosenblatt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Joree Rosenblatt

Our minds are incredibly powerful and I am trying to impress to my daughter that her power to believe in herself is the single most influential indicator of her accomplishments, success and sense of pride.

How Do I Explain to My Young Child That I Have to Travel?

Diana Grycan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

It is important to remember that to a young child, they are exclusively the center of their worlds. An understanding of how others factor into their worlds comes a bit later.

A Parent's Dilemma: When to Leave Baby Behind

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 06.18.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

To a mother of an older child, separation is the norm; it's the way kids grow up and the way we get on with our lives. To a mother holding her baby in her arms, however, even a brief separation to a faraway land can feel daunting--too painful to bear.

Leaving My Kids for the Weekend Was Friggin' Hard

Dana Mark | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Dana Mark

Of course I missed my kids. I called them and emailed my mom for updates, relishing the few pictures she sent. I talked about them more than any of the childless girls there could probably tolerate. But I had a fantastic time.

When Kids Refuse to Go to School

Debra Kissen | Posted 02.20.2014 | Parents
Debra Kissen

In treating school refusal, it is critical to first conduct a functional analysis to determine why a child is refusing to go to school. School refusal is not a diagnosis; it is a symptom of a disorder.

Letting Go When Your Grip Is Tighter Than You Think

Jenn Horton | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

I easily could have said, "You can do it, honey. I love you!" There wasn't fear in her eyes or timidity in her voice. She would have been better than fine. But I couldn't let go. I chose to hold onto her for just a little bit longer.

Starting College: A Guide for Parents: 2013

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 09.28.2013 | Parents
Marshall P. Duke

There are many things I tell the parents in the hour that they sit with me on what is for them among the most emotional days of their lives. Here are some of the things that I want them to know. I hope they are of value to other parents of other new students now readying themselves to set out for other places.

Back-to-School Preparation Tips for Parents

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.24.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Children take their cue from their parents. If parents are calm, reassuring, optimistic and supportive, children will feel both confident and competent.

Dogs, Adolescents and Separation Anxiety, Part Two

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 08.04.2013 | HuffPost Home
Sarah Hodgson

The gospel truth? Dogs don't like being left behind. It's as simple as that.

Playground Progress

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.

The Biggest Victory I Had With My Anxious Child

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

Last year at this time, the birthday party would have been a sweat-inducing experience at a minimum, and probably would have included some tears -- from both of us -- and a quick exit.

What I Learned The First Time I Left My Son

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

It isn't that I'm over-attached to my son. It isn't that he's young and a little scared and I'm feeling guilty about leaving him. The trouble isn't that I'm leaving my son for too long, it's that I haven't left him often enough.

Can't Moms Be Human Anymore?

Wendy Widom | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Wendy Widom

The power of the mother-daughter connection keeps catching me by surprise. I didn't know we would stare at each other for hours after she came out, I didn't know my boobs would squirt milk just thinking about her, and I certainly didn't anticipate this next round of attachment.

College-Bound Excess: Competitive Parenting or Retail Therapy?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

While some might roll their eyes, it shouldn't surprise us that designer dorm rooms have popped up on campus or that parents are snapping up non-essentials for their students. Is it a good idea? That's a whole other story, but here are a few reasons why parents might break the bank....