Dd1 has all of a sudden started having separation anxiety again. It started out small. Now it has escalated and I really would like to offer her more assistance in over coming it. When my girls were small we left all the toys on the main floor. Unfortunately our main floor is very small making it challenging to keep it organized. We decided to split the toys up. Some went in their bedrooms, some went in the basement and very little was left on the main floor.
When dd1 has friends over she happily plays on the two floors without me (for example when I must be on the main floor to make supper or work on our website). But as soon as her friends go home she refuses to go to other floors. Even if I suggest she take dd2 with her. It has since started to escalate that she must be right beside me unable to play in a different room on the main floor.I realize that this is a normal developmental stage. I have talked to her and she is unable to identify why going to a different room or level is upsetting her.
Just as a little bit of info dd1 has always been a high needs child. As a baby she refused to go to anyone but me. I am not surprised to see this problem crop up in my 5 year old. However, I would really like some suggestions or ideas on how I can help her develop confidence to be able to play comfortable in her room with or without me periodically.
Thanks for the help!