Recently, I was doing some work with my dear friend, Kelly Matthews, thinking about the challenge that families and educators feel at this time of year with children who feel the pain of good-byes.
We were talking about typical approaches to separation anxiety, and talked of using toys when children are sad…like this:
The family leaves, the child cries, the care provider brings a toy or shakes a rattle:
“You’re okay. Mommy will be back soon. Don’t cry. Come over here and let’s play with this BIG TOWER! WOW! Look at all this COOL ART!” Think sing-songy voice, raised eyebrows, exaggerated smile…
Kelly made a really insightful comment. She said:
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