Book suggestions to help with your child’s separation anxiety

The teachers will tell you that almost all kids cry when their parents leave in those first few days or weeks. But it doesn’t make it any easier! These books are classics for children experiencing their first time away from their parents in a daycare setting:

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Summary via Amazon: Chester Raccoon doesn’t want to go to school–he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he’ll love school–with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that’s been in the family for years–the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son’s hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses his palm–smack dab in the middle: “Chester felt his mother’s kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart.” Whenever he feels lonely at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother’s kiss. Chester is so pleased with his Kissing Hand that he–in a genuinely touching moment–gives his mom a Kissing Hand, too, to comfort her when he is away.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Summary via Amazon: “That’s impossible”, said twins Jeremy and Liza after their Mom told them they’re all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. “What kind of string”? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, “An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds, The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart.