What to do when our children say they are lonely....

Can we, or should we, save them from that......? Whilst some children strive for independence and autonomy, others hold back. For those who constantly seek support, their own resources may not feel enough, and their sense of safety is increased when they can rely on others. Whilst in itself this is not always problematic, a child who resists ever being lonely can be over-dependent on peers and parents and fail to develop a sense of being able to manage alone. Unfortunately, despite our tribe, family and friends, there are things we must do alone. Freaking out when there is a need to be in the bathroom alone, the bed alone or just buying time til the next person to play with, creates tens

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