Have you ever read this book? It is one of my favorites. It is about a little raccoon who is afraid to go to school. His mommy kisses his hand so that he will be able to take her love to school with him. It is a very sweet book and I highly recommend it.
When my daughter first started pre-school she had a really hard time letting me go, so we started giving each other kisses in our hands every morning just like in the book. I think it made both of us feel better. Last year in pre-school we continued the tradition even though she was very comfortable going in to class each day. This year she started full day Kindergarten and the transition was a little tough for her, and we had many tears the first week. Of course our "Kissing Hand" tradition continued. She has become confident about school now and really enjoys it, but we still give and get our kisses each morning.
Here is the kicker...both my kids have outgrown their separation anxiety, which is as it should be and I am happy they are confident kids. However, my separation anxiety in leaving them seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. More mornings than not, I feel myself get choked up when I have to leave them at school. I love them so much and really just wish they could be with me all the time.
Good thing I have those kisses in my hand to get me through the day!