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