According to the Child Mind Institute separation anxiety is classified as a disorder requiring treatment in up to 4% of children. And according to Aaron Cooper, co-author of this book “I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy! Why You Shouldn’t Say It….”
“From the earliest years of life, we should want children to encounter ordinary adversity because it’s practice for building resilience.”
Millions of loving parents say that their children’s happiness is the most important thing. But a certain kind of devotion to the happiness can be the leading cause, the authors argue, of the increasing incidence of youth worry, anxiety, and depression.
With the right guidance, experiencing the anxiety of separation can become a valuable lesson for children in how to deal with stress.