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For parents and nannies, the daily morning and evening transition, more accurately described as the changing of the guard, can be quite stressful. If it happens too fast, the children may feel like they forgot to say goodbye, which can lead to an off start to the next segment of the day. If it takes too long, the children may resist the change, making the transition more dramatic and tantrum filled than it needs to be, leaving everyone to start the next segment of the day on a low note.
So what’s the solution?
At Morningside Nannies we encourage parents and nannies to work together to develop a simple routine that they follow during the morning and evening transition.
In the mornings this may include:
In the evenings this may include:
While it can be tempting to give just one more hug or high five, prolonging transitions often does more harm than good. Saying goodbye and then following through by leaving signals to a child that she’s in safe and in competent hands. For moms who feel anxious, calling home ten minutes after you’ve left can help ease anxiety. You’ll likely hear lots of giggles and laughter on the other end of the line.
Some children just have a tough time separating and transitioning. With patience and consistency overtime they should more easily adjust to the routine. If a child continues to have a challenge separating and doesn’t calm down after a parent has left, evaluate the routine and the quality of the connection the child and nanny share.← 5 Pillars of a Healthy Nanny and Employer Relationship | Changes to the IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2013 →
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