In dreams, children process the impressions they gained during the day. Dreams are therefore representations of the child’s emotions. Fear and anxiety are emotions which are expressed in dreams, also known as nightmares. Every child has nightmares every now and then, we do not need to worry about this.

Some aspects can be the cause of a nightmare. A busy day with a lot of new impressions can cause a nightmare, just like fatigue and a lack of sleep. Fever, illness, eating too late/too much or the use of medicine can also play in important role in the development of nightmares. Another possibility is the processing of an unpleasant event.

Nightmares can be a signal, there might be something an underlying reason for the nightmares. When nightmares maintain, try to find the reason for this and seek help from a professional. It’s important to deal with the problem as early as possible. Because of nightmares, children can develop fear to go to sleep and thereby cause sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can be harmful for the child’s physical and mental development.
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Marlieke & Muna 🙂

Separation Anxiety

Children can feel afraid when saying goodbye. This is a normal stage of emotional development, but makes it hard for parents to leave their children with someone else. Separation anxiety is usually seen from infancy to the age of 3. The good news is that separation anxiety will pass.

Examples of things you can do as a parent to make leaving more manageable:
Practice at home, prepare and practice, create a routine, set limits and stick to them, have him/her distracted.

I understand it’s difficult for you to leave your child behind when he or she is upset. Try to leave without showing too much how hard it is for you as well. Keep in mind that in the end, this will be better for the child and will help with getting used to the process of saying goodbye.

If the separation anxiety is very heavy, increases or does not decrease after the age of 3, we strongly recommend to consult a professional. It’s important to extinguish the separation anxiety at a certain age to not cause further developmental problems.

Don’t lose hope!

Marlieke & Muna 🙂