Parents are often conflicted when returning to work after maternity leave. It is a stressful time for the parent who is leaving their child behind in the care of others to go back into the work force. At the same time, it is stressful for the child, who is leaving the security of their home and daily life (often the only way of life they have ever known) to enter the brand new world of day care.
This is book is written from a child's point of view and will help both parent and child transition into day care. It gives some helpful ways for both child and parent to elevate some separation anxiety and make going to day care a pleasant, reassuring and rewarding experience.
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Felicia Gets Ready for Day Care
By Frances O. Scarantino
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 Frances O. Scarantino
All right reserved.
Chapter OneIt was the first day back to work for Mommy since baby Felicia was born. Mommy got up extra early to make sure Felicia had everything ready for day care.
"But I don't want to go to day care. I want to stay with you, Mommy," Felicia cried as Mommy dressed Felicia in her pretty blue dress with stars on it.
Mommy kissed Felicia on the forehead and said, "I know sweetheart. I wish I could stay with you, too. But Mommy has to go to work. You are going to have a good time at day care. I promise," Mommy reassured Felicia.
"But I will miss you, Mommy," Felicia said, as a tear rolled down her check.
Mommy squatted down to talk to Felicia, eye to eye. "I will miss you, too," Mommy said. "But I am going to take your picture and put it right on my desk, and every time I get sad, or I miss you, I will look at your picture and be reminded that you are in good hands at Reach For The STARS Day Care."
Mommy took Felicia by the hand and led her over to the mantel. She picked up Felicia and pointed to the family pictures displayed there. "Why don't you pick a picture to take with you to day care? When you get sad, or miss Mommy or Daddy, you can look at the picture and remember how much we love you and that we will see you in just a few hours. Ok?"
Felicia nodded yes, but she was still a little scared about being without Mommy or Daddy. Felicia pointed to the picture of her when she was a little baby. Mommy and Daddy were both smiling in the picture. Mommy packed the picture into Felicia's backpack.
"Why can't I go to work with you?" Felicia whined as Mommy buckled her up in her car seat.
"Children aren't allowed at work, Felicia," Mommy answered, with another kiss on Felicia's forehead. Mommy was a little sad, too. Her baby girl was growing up so fast and she didn't want to miss a minute of it. Mommy did her research, though, and she knew that Reach For The STARS Day Care was a great place for Felicia to develop into a bright young girl. They will keep her fully informed of Felicia's progress through daily report cards and take lots of pictures of Felicia in her safe and loving environment. Mommy was sure that she made the right choice.
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