Babies and small children often become anxious when they're physically separated from their familiar caregivers, especially their mothers. This instinctive reaction is known as separation anxiety.
Sometimes a parent's physical presence is enough to allay separation anxiety, but children feel most secure when their parents are fully present: body, mind, and spirit.
In other words, your child may be right there in your arms yet be experiencing a kind of "inner separation" anxiety because you're mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually "absent."
Ironically, parents often worry about their children's anxiety, not realizing that worrying undermines their inner presence, thus increasing their children's anxiety!
Today, look for a correlation between your child's state and your own. Is s/he more anxious when you feel off-center in some way? If so, let your child's anxiety serve as a reminder to practice centering.
Take a deep breath and affirm your intention to be fully present — here and now — at peace with What Is.