“Nothing and no one in this entire world matters more to a sane woman than her children. “ -Dorothea Benton Frank, “Porch Lights”
Let’s face it, when you are planning to leave your children, it can cause a bit of anxiety. However, after a bit of planning, you’ll feel like a pro.
Get it Together
Make a list and pack (if necessary) for the children in advance. Don’t forget that special blanket or stuffed animal.
Have a Heart
Write a heartfelt note for a caregiver to read to your child. You may even want to plan an extra special and fun activity for your child while you are absent.
Put on a happy face
If mom is sad or crying, your child may experience unnecessary negative thoughts. You must view this as an adventure, a new step toward independence. After all, isn’t that the ultimate goal of parenting?
Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be
Be confident in your decisions as a parent, knowing not all things will go as planned. Your child may end up eating frozen yogurt at ten p.m. with Poppy, or even a broken arm, but these things do happen and, thankfully, there are emergency rooms for that.
If there’s a snafu or two, remember for next time. For example, if your child gets upset and cries for an hour when you call to say goodnight, don’t call. Chances are this is just another instance of being an overprotective, loving parent.