My son always acts out when I return
after we have been apart. How should I handle this?
Try to be patient and realize that when you are together again, your child feels safe enough to unload all of the day's emotions he or she has been keeping inside. Tell your child you understand, give him a big hug, and tell him how much you missed him. Spend some quiet time together reading a book or listening to music to give your child time to calm down and make the transition.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009