The Other Transition Time

In early childhood we work hard to help families deal with the transition at the beginning of the day, but there’s another transition time that needs our help, too. A few weeks ago I was at a child care center at the end of the day, and my heart went out to the parents — and their children. Many parents came in looking like they had a tough day at work, but the minute they spotted their children, their eyes lit up. Most of them called out a warm hello, followed by an urgent plea, “Come on, let’s get your coat on and go home.” Then I saw parents looking disappointed, impatient and even angry when their children ignored them, started to cry or went into a tantrum.

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