If this is the first time your child will be away from you, they may worry that you’re not coming back, or that you’ll get lost and won’t be able to find your way back to the school to pick them up at the end of the day. Invent a special parting ritual — such as a high-five, or saying something like, “I’ll be back to get you soon, long before we see the moon” — that you do each time you drop them off.
During the first few days, allow extra time to get them ready and out the door in the morning, too. The more calm, things are at home, the easier the separation will be. Although you might be tempted to sneak out without somuch as a wave when you drop them off, don’t do it. They will only be more distressed when they realize you’re gone. Instead, make a it a point to say good-bye. Don’t drag it out or let on that you might be upset. Just do it matter-of-factly and confidently and they’ll learn to do the same.