So how to I get better at dropping David off to go to work? He's 2 and it still physically hurts every time!

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Kelly - posted on 01/30/2009

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I agree --for me, this experience was more about me than it was about my son.  He was delighted to go to daycare where he has new friends and fun toys.  I was always thinking "I'm missing out on him today--again!" each time I dropped him off.  I had to decide to change my outlook.  Jake and I developed a fun ritual each day--on our way out the door, he would put his hands on his hips and say "Mommy, it's a great day."..and I would say "Wow.  It sure is.  This is the best day EVER!".  Amazing what positive self-talk can do.  I started leaving him off, delighted to know my son had a caregiver who made him feel so happy and secure.

Peggy - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hey Brooke,



I do believe that what you are experiencing is somewhat of a guilt thing, at least it was for me.  We suffer more than our children.  When I use to drop my son off, I would torture myself by watching him cry from a window outside(where he could not see me but I could see him) because I could not leave until he was settled down and had stopped crying, which by the way as time went on it became less and less tramatic.  I eventually got over my need to be a PEEKING-MOM to a Mom who had to accept the fact that he was adjusting without me.   Now, like I offer you in another message I work my own hours and set our family schedule according to our lives.  I just wish I would of started sooner.  Email me if you want at Pmcmona@aol.com and I would be glad to share my experience with you.  Peggy 

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