Separation anxiety is common among toddlers and preschoolers. The fear of the unknown is so great for them. And so they worry—all day long—about what they cannot control.
What if something bad happens?
What if I get lost?
What if Mom never comes back?
The good news is that those feelings often end the moment they realize that hanging out with other kids can be fun, and when they understand that you haven't forgotten about them. (Little do they know that you might have spent the majority of your day feeling the same anxiety.)
While you want to step back and instill independence in your child, that doesn't mean you can't help them out along the way. One mom did just that and came up with a sweet little hack to get her son through his first day of school.
Louise Mallett was concerned that her youngest child, Max, might have trouble on his first full day of school.
"I could tell he was feeling a little emotional," Mallett shared on Facebook, "so we had a chat."
And together, they came up with the idea of drawing a heart on each of their hands. They could press the heart, and that would send a hug to the other.
"I drew a heart on both our hands and gave him a spare one on his arm in case the one on his hand wore off," she wrote. "We 'charged' them by holding hands on the way to school."
When Louise picked Max up from school that day, she asked if his button had worked.
"I pressed it for a long time, Mummy, but I didn't cry,” he told her, to which she responded, “Ahhhh, that will be that big squeeze I got. Did you get my big squeeze back?”
“Yep!" he said.
Since then, their "hug button" has become a viral sensation. It's a way for moms to show support in their absence while encouraging the art of self-confidence.
Facebook image via Louise Mallett