My 18-month-old son is going to start
at a new childcare center soon. I know separating at first
will be hard for both of us. What can I do to make
separating easier for both of us?
It will help your son if you take him to the childcare center several times without your leaving. That way he will get used to the new surroundings and people there and feel more comfortable when you leave him. The first morning when you plan to leave him, be sure to tell him ahead of time that this time you will be leaving him but you will return and that you will miss him while you are apart.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009