My son, 2 yrs, 5 mo, can be distraught when I leave him. He will cry excessively and call for mama the entire time I am away. This is even true with preschool. We put him in a Reggio-Emelia inspired school, emphasis on inspired, and he was upset most of the time, as we found out after a term. He also has a habit of repeating the name of a person in his life (changes) that is not with us at the time. We have committed to raising him using the Montessori principles and at times he shows an incredible amount of independence. It mostly seems that he feels the anxiety when I am the one choosing to leave. Any tips for helping a 2 year 5 month old who still has separation anxiety would be very appreciated.
I have a son about the same age and he has similar tendencies. I found this article, http://www.dailymontessori.com/self-development/children-separation-anxiety/, to be helpful, especially the part about establishing a good bye routine. We had success when I gave him a kiss and a hug and reminded him that I would be back in a little while. We have also had success with my leaving him in a familiar environment with other people he trusts. I hope this helps!