Bring a special reminder of your connection.
Some families like to send a reminder of home, like a family photo tucked into your child’s backpack. You could also choose a pair of small charms or special rocks—one for you to keep, and one for your child to hold in their pocket or lunchbox, as a reminder of your love for them.
Okay their feelings.
Adjusting might take time. Remind them that it’s okay to feel sad. Reassure them that you’ll see them soon and keep the goodbye routine brief, if you can.
Check your own feelings, too.
Small children are like wolves: They smell your fear. Stay strong at the door, and unload your worries on a friend or coworker once drop-off is over.
Celebrate their bravery.
Plan something to look forward to at the end of the week. It can be small but special for your family, like a visit to a favorite playground or an ice cream outing. (Does this sound like bribery? Hey, we’re parents, too.)