When a mother drops of out a child's life, even for a short time, do her kids need therapy?
By now, the whole world knows what's happening with Mama Brit. But what happens to children, psychologically, when a parent leaves, even for a short period of time? Pediatrician Dr. Gwenn says that when a parent goes away even temporarily, kids can suffer anxiety. "They often display behavorial issues, such
as intense temper tantrums, biting, hitting, and throwing things across
the room. Their sleep is disrupted. They will lash out at other kids,
or at the father."
One coping mechanism psychologist Dr. Pamela Varady suggests is to have children play with dolls. "What they act out with their play dolls will reveal what's going on inside their heads."
Is there anything Daddy can do while Mommy's away? "Kids need to know that Mommy is constantly thinking about them," Dr. Varady says. "Give them little presents and tell them they're from Mom. Have them draw pictures to Mommy and send them. It's crucial to nurture that connection between Mom and the children, even when Mommy is hospitalized."