My daughter just started second grade this year. She has never, and I mean NEVER, had any separartion anxiety whatsoever, even when she was a toddler. She has never been afraid of new situations and usually jumps into every new experience with both feet and a smile on her face. She has adjusted to every single schooling change with no problem at all.
About two weeks into the school year, she suddenly began to develop separation anxiety. At first I didn't even know what it was - she just seemed moody and upset a lot of the time. Then she finally said that she misses me when she is at school and it makes it hard for her to concentrate and do her work. Of course, I wondered if something in school was upsetting her, but she says that she likes school and her teacher, and she has lots of friends in her class, and in fact, once she gets involved in stuff at school, or even just in chatting with a friend on the bus, she feels fine. But there have been times when she cries in the morning as the time for the bus comes closer, or even on Sunday nights when she starts thinking about the next morning's departure. DH and I believe her when she tells us nothing on the bus or at school is upsetting her. She just keeps saying she misses me. And all the feedback from the teacher is positive, so clearly she is paying attention and doing her best work in school, and she seems excited about everything they are learning this year.
I made us matching beaded bracelets and that seems to help, and the whole thing seems to be improving a little, but I cannot figure out what is going on. There have been no major issues going on at home that would suddenly make her feel insecure - you know, no divorce or death of a pet or relative, we aren't moving or having a baby or anything like that. She just seems to have a lot of anxiety lately in general, because in addition to this, she also gets uypset so easily over tiny little things.
What's going on with my daughter? I hate to see her unhappy so much of the time when she's usually such a cheerful kid!