For more than 20 years Angela Ardolino has been serving families throughout the state of Florida, providing parents and guardians with smart, healthy and eco-friendly advice for sustainable living. As an entrepreneur, her businesses have provided support, guidance and resources to the stay-at-home CEOs, domestic engineers and full-time mothers and fathers who also work outside of the home.
She is the founder and editorial director for Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, a valuable publication committed to enhancing the lives of families and providing information they can trust about raising responsible children and teens. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Children�s Theater Company in South Florida, she counseled, nurtured and changed the lives of thousands of children through the performing arts from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Ardolino also presented parenting classes and workshops with a number of renowned organizations including Informed Families and the Miami-Dade County Department of Children and Families.
She strives to inform families about smart, healthy and energy-friendly living that helps not only the family unit but also the entire community. Most recently she launched Parenting With Angela, in which she provides candid advice and serves as the kid campaigner and teenage translator for parents. She can be seen weekly on ABC Action News providing advice about everything from breastfeeding to sending your kids to college to talking about sex. Ardolino is also a featured correspondent on Daytime providing resources to parents across the country on the syndicated network.
In the last two years, she has had the pleasure of serving on the Arts Council of Hillsborough County as well as serving on numerous boards which serve women and children, including the Executive Committee of Arts Tampa Bay, the Glazer Children�s Museum, Junior League of Tampa and Florida Fashionistas. As the chair of the Imagination Gala in 2010, she helped to raise more than $215,000 for the museum, and most recently more than $155,000 at the Seagrapes event hosted by The Florida Aquarium. Follow Angela on Twitter, @angelaardolino
By: Angela Ardolino
It's the moment every parent of a small child dreads: the good-bye. For parents of young children, it can be a gut-wrenching, heart wrenching, guilt-ridden moment full of tears, protests, and quick getaways.
Separation anxiety can ruin your workday, put a damper on your rare dinner out, and keep you chained to your toddler. But that doesn't have to be the case.
Here are some ways you and your kids can relieve the stress of saying goodbye.
Transitional objects, like a favorite blanket, can help reassure an anxious child. These objects represent comfort, safety and joy and will help ease the burden your child may feel when you leave. Make sure that when you do leave your child, that those special objects are close at hand to provide comfort if needed.
As silly as it sounds, parents can practice being apart from kids which will make a big difference when it comes time to actually separate. The best part is you don’t even have to leave your house. Tell your baby or toddler that you’ll be going to another room for a little while. Make sure to tell them that you will return. Even if you practice this in 15 minute intervals, the more you do it they better your child and you will respond when the goodbye actually happens.
Babysitters will help tremendously when it comes to separation anxiety. If you’re planning a night out have your sitter arrive about 45 minutes early to transition slowly into their care. Your kids can sense your anxiety but if a baby sitter is available to help before mom and dad leaves you’ll feel more relaxed and your children will be as well.
Never Sneak Out
Some parents try the technique of sneaking out of the house without the kids noticing. This might do more harm than good. Always leave the house in sight of the kids and make it a happy occasion by focusing on your return as opposed to focusing on when you leave. It may take a few tries but eventually your kids will begin to associate your leaving with emotions other than anxiety and sadness.
Being calm, confident and reassuring when leaving will help your kids’ separation anxiety tremendously. And make sure that when you do return you enjoy the warm welcome and extra hugs. Being apart makes reuniting that much sweeter.
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