As a parent, it’s never easy to leave your clinging or sobbing
child to attend worship service. These transition tips will help
your child feel secure while you’re away.
- Stay calm. Don’t lose your temper or get
frustrated when your child clings to you. Your frustration only
heightens your child’s feelings of sadness and insecurity.
- Be positive. If you put on a sad face, the
situation will only escalate. Keep a positive attitude and say
things such as, “You’ll be just fine. You’re going to have so much
fun here!” so your child will be confident you’re leaving him or
her in a safe place.
- Don’t linger. The longer you stay, the harder
it is to leave. By lingering, you’re preventing your child from
getting involved in activities that’ll distract him or her and
- Say goodbye. Sneaking out while your child’s
back is turned betrays your child’s trust in you and the situation.
Plus, it confirms your child’s worst fear — that you’re going to
suddenly disappear. Give your child a hug, a time you’ll return,
and then say goodbye.
KidQuote: When Brooke, 5, saw an image of the
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