Why is it so hard to say goodbye? Separation anxiety is real, put effort in how you say goodbye……
You know how when the parent has to leave a child behind, they have to employ various tricks, cons, promises and sometimes downright threats.
Scenario 1 For the strong:
You ask someone to hold the baby. “Goodbye” you say firmly, as you walk away, not looking back not even once, you don’t turn around because you don’t want to see them breaking and because truth be told you really aren’t as strong as you are pretending to be.
Scenario 2a For the chicken:
You distract the child with a treat or toy and while they are playing you sneak out of the house and out of their lives (but not forever right?, only till you come back…)
Scenario 2b For the chicken
You send the child to go play at the neighbour’s house and while they are away, you make your escape.
Scenario 3 The Promise Breaker:
You tell the child “We are going together. We are leaving as soon as you finish bathing and put on some nice clothes” or “Go put on your shoes and we can go” And while the child is dressing you take your leave, child comes back and you are gone, and the water works fill the hole you left.
This scenario might be the reason kids grow up to have trust issues right there.
Scenario 4 The Bully
You tell the child you have to leave and they start crying you shout at them and tell them you will beat them, even threaten them with the branch of a peach tree as a whip, plus that you wont bring them back anything when you come back
Scenario five For the little grown up
You explain you that you must go but that you will be back and tell the child not to cry and they are grown up now you even entrust them with looking after the house and ask them what they want you to bring them back when you come back… when they tell you a pony, that’s when remember they aren’t quite the grown up you like to think of them as “ok sweetie ho about some chips instead”
Of course all these methods are put into use depending on the age and ability of the child to comprehend language but one thing is always common you bring back treats when you come back.
Once we had real drama with a nephew when the child over heard the mum telling me that she would bring me “something” as a
bribe thank you for looking after the kids. The mum comes back gives the child Charhons chocolate coated biscuits which is quite a level up from the normal sweets and corn snacks
but the child threw a tantrum throwing away the biscuits demanding that they want “something” too. Their logic was that if they got biscuits and uncle (that’s me) got “something” then “something” was better, bigger testier and more expensive…. Go ahead good luck trying to explain what something is.
After a certain age though the child understands that the parent must go and that the parent will be back, they actually understand a whole lot more too; like when you explain you cant bring them treats when you come back because you don’t have any money to spare, basically you have no money at all because the economy is….well no need to cause unnecessary alarm and despondency…
Just when you think you have dodged the bullet they reply:
“I know how I can help you make some extra money, if I pull out all my teeth and put them under my pillow, the tooth fairy will come and leave me lots of money and I will give it all to you”
Bless their little hearts
PS Which methods have you employed or been used on you and any alternatives I might have missed
PPS when you start dropping them off at school or kindergarten or creche thats a whole new level up…..
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