Timing is Everything
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU NEED TO LEAVE AND YOUR KID IS SCREAMING AND CRYING 😭
This is a very typical reaction for a toddler because they don't understand the concept of time and they don't realize you will come back. Depending on a child's personality, I typically find that preparing your child for what is coming up is really best. For children who tend to be more anxious, preparing them for what is coming can provide a sense of relief. We talk about where I am going, and what I will do and when I will come back (after nap or before bedtime or they will see me in the morning), and they know I will check on them. Sometimes for Ryder, I will go in and check on him and place a sticker on his bed so he knows that I went in there if he wakes up. Kids really like when you "check in on them." They often feel like they are missing out on what they are doing and want to know that you are watching them. Also, preparing them for the following day or what you will be doing with them when you return, is something you can discuss to distract them from the fact that you are leaving. For example, you can say, when you wake up tomorrow, you may help me make pancakes for breakfast.