Read in 1 min Family Ministry Resources » Leader Tips & Tools » Building Partnerships with Parents Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 4 Steps to Helping Nursery Parents Say a Healthy Goodbye Published: September 30, 2020 Nursery dropoffs can be an emotional time. These are perfect steps to help parents say a healthy goodbye at your church nursery door. 4 Steps to Helping Nursery Parents Say a Healthy Goodbye As a parent, it’s never easy to leave your clinging or sobbing child to attend worship service. These transition tips for parents will help children feel secure while their parents are away. 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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 alleviate anxiety. 4. 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. Rhoni Standefer Knoxville, Tennessee Nursery Teacher Tip Infants and toddlers need to belong and feel secure. To help children feel less insecure when their parents drop them off, I had parents give me three things: a picture of their child, a picture of the parents, and a recording with the parents’ voices. The parents usually record a special story for their child and spoke their child’s name repeatedly. I hung the pictures on the wall. Now when the children cry for their parents, I take them over to the wall to see their pictures and I play their parents’ recording. This has helped calm children quickly. Esther Stockwell Anaheim, California Looking for more nursery ideas? Check out these posts! And for daily posts of inspiration, follow us on Facebook! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!