Separation and the Pandemic: How it is affecting relationships and children

by Megan Kirk

For over a year, families have been on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. During this time households have been able to spend more time together than pre-pandemic. Now, as life begins to function around a new normal, children are returning to school and parents are returning to work. With so much time spent together, will the continuing moved to the “new normal” cause a case of separation anxiety?

While children experience attachment from birth, according to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, at around 18 months of age attachments to parents, particularly the mother, are established for most. It is during this time children learn safety and security. With time as an indicator, one-on-one moments with parents, siblings or other household members can help to strengthen ties.  

As COVID has caused families to stay on lockdown, the increase in family moments has, in some cases, created stronger bonds. With coronavirus

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