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I'd like to encourage you to do a little mental preparation just before you go inside to greet the kids and your spouse. Talk about an important connection!
Don't let yourself get caught up thinking about all the negative things that happened during your day.  Give some moments to taking a few deep breaths, recharging yourself and focusing on how to make this difficult time of day go a little more smoothly. 
If you pick up your child at a day care center or after-school program establish a special good-bye routing to make leaving easier.  Perhaps your child could wave good-bye to the teacher, the blocks, her favorite toy.  You can also bring along a special toy that may be played with only in the car on the way home.  Give children who have trouble making the transition a little bag of crackers to take with them in the car.  It's just a way of giving them some continuity between day car and the ride home.  It usually allows them to leave without fuss.
Also do what you can to assure the children are not involved in any running games or bike-riding close to pick up time, but instead are engaging in quiet activity when parents arrive.  When kids are less frantic and hyped-up, it's easier for them to say good-bye and leave happily and that makes it easier on everyone involved. 
Plan a relaxing ritual for the reconnection time.  Who says you have to come in and immediately tidy up the house and start to fix dinner?  Instead, why not have a daily "Happy Time" with your kids?  Have a snack together like a cup of hot cocoa, a small cup of jell-o or yogurt, even junk food on occasion would be fun.  There's nothing so terrible about enjoying a light snack at 5:30pm.

The important point here is:  connect and make home a positive experience.

posted on: 3/11/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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