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Separation Anxiety

Leaving My Kids for the Weekend Was Friggin' Hard

Dana Mark | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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....

Separation Anxiety: On Feeling Homesick

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

Figure out what's going on for you when you're feeling off and do your best to release it. Always make sure you're not the one sabotaging what you want out of life.

Dealing With Separation Anxiety When Kids Return to School

Jill Amery | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Jill Amery

Dealing with separation anxiety when kids return to school can be heartbreaking. Here are a few ideas of what may help to mitigate the anxiety for both of you.

'Will He Survive On His Own?'

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I was aware that there were vacuous black holes in my son's mental database, holes that I should have filled before he left. But he was done listening. For now.

Christina Attacked Roommates For No Reason On 'Bad Girls Club'

Posted 08.07.2012 | TV

There were plenty of astute observations surrounding this week's crazy episode of "The Bad Girls Club" (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on Oxygen). And they all settl...

5 Ways To Ease Separation Anxiety

Posted 11.22.2011 | Parents

Dear Susan, My son is 3 years old and this is his first week at pre-school. He is having a hard time adjusting. My husband drops him off because ...

My Daughter and I Set Sail

Lisa Solod | Posted 10.24.2011 | Parents
Lisa Solod

My daughter will be fine, I tell myself. She will be fine, she tells herself. And yet the ache of longing for both of us makes us, if only for a moment, wish to stay put in our safe harbor, to stand fast in the life we have made.

Observations on the College Tour

Elizabeth Donoghue | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Elizabeth Donoghue

It's been break week at school -- that time for high school juniors to come for the obligatory college tours. So last week I collected my high school ...

Mommy Sadist

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

All of the time I spend with the Princeling, nearly every waking minute of his life, and he chose the one hour that I wasn't with him to mark such an important milestone in his life?

Going Back to School Can Cause Pets Separation Anxiety

Betsy Saul | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Betsy Saul

If you notice behavioral changes in your pet, such as chewing on items that smell like his or her companion or going to the bathroom in inappropriate places, he or she may have a case of the "back-to-school blues."