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Is your child clingy? One who will never leave your side?

Experts say most kids conquer separation anxiety by their third birthday, but don't be surprised if temporary episodes of it recur.

Here's what you can do: Encourage your child's growing independence. The challenge of parenting lies in finding the balance between nurturing, protecting your child and allowing him to explore, experiment, to become a unique person. '

So let your child safely try something new, such as trying a different food and handling a conflict with his best friend.

Also, try to to find out what he's afraid of, going to bed alone for instance. Address those fears with sympathy, but not too much fuss, which can create the impression that his anxiety is warranted.

Say "honey you lay down, and I'll be right in the next room." If you heading out for a while, don't sneak out. Always tell your child in advance and than keep your goodbye predictable.

If you're dropping your child off at preschool, stay at the school with him for a little while this will help him become more comfortable.

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