Back-to-School Anxiety: How "The Kissing Hand" Helps Ease Separation Anxiety by Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds

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Back-to-School Anxiety: How "The Kissing Hand" Helps Ease Separation Anxiety

My twins reminded me of something that helped them get through separation anxiety. When they went to preschool, it was tough for all of us. They'd cry and hold on so I wouldn't leave. A friend gave me a wonderful book called "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn. It's about a little raccoon about to start kindergarten. Chester Raccoon is anxious about going to kindergarten, so his mother kisses his hand as a way for him to carry her love all day. 

I took this idea a step further by putting on red lipstick before kissing my daughters' hands. With a bright red memento of Mom to hold, they were able to transition to school more easily. We still do this sometimes!

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Such a great memory for me. And, this really worked for us!
Meredith Schneider
Thanks for sharing this Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds ! I'm gonna get this for my 6yr old to read together. She is starting 1st grade end of August. First week of kindergarten was rough. 😢
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I hope your daughter loves this book as much as my kids did! And, I hope the "kissing hand" with red lipstick makes her as happy as it did my girls! HUGS, chica! xoxo
Kelli Schulte
What a cute idea! Love this.
Leila Ward
This is so sweet. 😭❤️ Love the idea of using red lipstick!

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