We’ve been lucky that Nic’s never been the kid who cried when we left him with grandma (grandma is grateful for this too!). However, just in the past few days, naps and bedtime (and getting back to sleep in the middle of the night) have become a major struggle. Separation anxiety has finally set in. He clings to me, tries to climb up my arms and cries “MAMAMAMAMAMA.” It breaks my heart, but I know I can’t sleep with him on the couch every night (like I did the other night).
So, what do I do? At nap time yesterday, I waited intervals of about 15 minutes, went back into his room, gave him a big hug and then left. After two times (and some Ke$ha) he fell asleep. Is this the right approach? Other suggestions?