A Note to Readers
Sometimes Esteban gets upset because he misses his mama
after she drops him off at child care. It’s not unusual for
young children to struggle when it’s time to say good-bye to
a loved one, but that doesn’t make separating or being apart
any easier. Adults often struggle too—parents, as they try to
find just the right way to say good-bye, and caregivers, as they
try to provide comfort.
You can help children through this significant transition
by establishing a consistent and upbeat drop-off routine—
like the way Mama Lucia reads to Esteban and gives him
two kisses and a hug before Walter comes over. You can
acknowledge the emotions of a child who is upset and provide
reassurance. Walter does this when he tells Esteban, “It can
be hard to say good-bye to your mama. You know she always
comes back at the end of the day.” And the child benefits when
you—parents and caregivers—communicate about how the
child is doing throughout the day.
We hope Mama’s Gloves assures children that even when it’s
hard to say good-bye to a loved one, another caring adult is
always nearby, and a reunion with family at the end of the
day is a sure thing.