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- A child should have the chance to get familiar with a new environment before he or she is left there.
- A parent should be understanding and accept the child's feelings without giving in to them.
- The child should be reassured that the parent or caregiver will come back at a specific time. The parent should then do everything possible to arrive on time.
- The child should be told ahead of time about the separation. This helps him or her prepare for the separation.
- The parent should not sneak away from the child. This will only make matters worse as the child will be on guard in the future.
- The parent should try some short-term separations, such as going into another room and reappearing. This can help the child learn that the absence is only temporary.
- The parents should reinforce the positive aspects of the event. This can include reassuring the child that he or she will have a good day at daycare or school.
- The parent should make the child feel secure by giving him or her lots of love and attention.
- The parents should not reveal their own feelings of anxiety about the separation. This alerts the child that something may be wrong.
- the child is in a generally good mood
- is eating properly
- is sleeping properly
- is enjoying himself or herself
- there is no significant change in behavior
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