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Making Goodbyes Easier

It is never easy for a child to say “goodbye.” Children, especially those three years of age and under, can’t bear to see their parents leave. Children may cry and cling to their parent. This is to be expected and very normal. We can help make saying “goodbye” a little easier by how we, as parents and teachers, react to the child who is having difficulty with separation.

Always tell the child when you are going to be back. For example, “I’m going to pick you up after your nap.” 
Give the child a hug, a kiss, and wave “goodbye.” Never sneak out when the child is not looking.

Often parents worry about leaving their children and their fear is sensed by their child. Prepare your child ahead of time, trust that you are leaving them in good hands, and, then, tell them “goodbye” and leave. Don’t stretch it out. This makes the separation more difficult for your child. Lingering good-byes are very detrimental.

Your child may cry a few minutes but, usually, as soon as you are gone, they settle down. If there is a problem we will call you.

Allow time for adjusting to school. Adjusting to school can take a few weeks.

We promise that we will be very loving and we will reassure your child that you will be back soon. Once your child sees that you trust us they will trust us too!