Long post alert My granddaughter is 4.5 years old. I would like to give in detail the turn of events in order: She was born in salt lake city, Utah. She started going to day care when she was 1.5 years old. This is because both my daughter and son in law work. Though like all kids she would fuss in the morning, she was happy to be there. She did not like the idea of coming home and would keep playing till we force her. When she was nearing 3 my son in law changed jobs and opted to move to Tampa in Florida. When they moved to Tampa it was the beginning of Covid and schools and day care were shut down. I went to Tampa during this time and was with her for 10 months. When day care was opened, I left in January 2021 and she started going to day care. She would cry every day to go. She did not like nap time in school. We would pick her up before nap time. She went only half day. Though we had instructed the school to give her other activities during nap time, they would force her to lie in the bed, if there was a slight delay in her getting picked up. Every morning was a task to send her to school. Then we realized that one of the teacher was extremely strict and she was very scared of this teacher. Many times, we informed the school to ask this teacher to be a little lenient as she is so scared. One day she wanted to pee urgently and when she told this teacher, she said to lie down quietly and then she peed in the bed. She was to embarrassed and cried. Then my daughter realized there really was a problem and put her in another school. Here the activities were better and she enjoyed it, but mornings she would cry and cling to her mother and refuse to go. In the meantime, in July 2021, my son in laws father passed away. My granddaughter had very little interaction with him. He was with her for 4 months when she was 6 months old. After that he had dementia and she would talk/ see him on video calls. We kept this info of his death from her for about 2 months and then we had to tell her. She cried so much and every day from then on she would look at his photo and say “I am feeling sad”. Then her questions about death started. “Why do we die, will everybody die, Will my grandmother die, etc etc” We try to evade these questions as much as possible. Now my daughter had a second child, though my granddaughter was very happy to have a brother, after some time we could feel she was feeling left out, she will wear the babies dress and act like him at times to get attention. She will say “you love him more than me”. She hates to leave my daughter’s side. Wants her Mamma for everything. Se wants to her to play with her 24/7. This is in spite of her parents giving her all their time. They have a full time Nanny to take care of the boy. Presently my daughter has moved to New York. Again, there was a school gap of 2 months. Presently she is going for summer camp at a nearby school. Mornings are hell to send her. The first week, when asked why she does not want to go to school, she said her teachers are getting a green slimy tail and red eyes and turning into monsters after we leave. Then she said “there are some things she does not want her Momma and dada to know, when asked why she said they will go crazy if they hear it. Any amount coaxing, she did not tell us what it is. She says she does not like to leave home and go anywhere. She wants to be with her momma always. A few days back as she was playing she said, (there is a male teacher in her class), he put a stick into the top of her dress and took it out from below. When she said she does not like it, he said “this is to break your mind”. She said she does not like to go to school because she is scared of this teacher. We did not know whether she is just imagining this and it really happened. We kept her at home for a day and spoke to the director of the school. They said this incident never happened and it is only her imagination. The male teacher has very less interaction with the students. She advised us to send her to school and see if she comes out with any other thing like this. So we have sent her to school today. But she cries so much to go and clings to her momma and it breaks her heart. Once she is left in school, she participates in all activities and is happy. ON an ending note, I would like to add that she does not make friends easily. She likes to have just one friend and plays only with that one friend. She is very far advanced for her class and can read fluently and write very well. She excels in drawing. She is very sensitive to things. I would like to get advice from some child psychologists or therapist, if there is anything abnormal in her behavior. Has anyone else experienced this kind of separation anxiety in children. Please advise.