I’m re-entering the workforce. How can I prepare my
Communicate in a positive manner, on your child’s level,
that you are going to go to work and be gone during the day. Let your child
know you will be together in the evenings.
Take the child to the daycare or babysitter you will be
using, and let him or her interact with the caretakers and other children. Any
way that you can slowly assimilate the child into the new pattern is helpful.
If you do not have a job yet, it would be beneficial to put the child in
daycare part time. This will make the transition to full time easier.
Children at this age prefer and feel safer with a regular
routine. Set a bedtime that allows the child to get full rest but wake up
earlier. The morning schedule should mimic what will be needed when you begin
Spend time playing with your child in the late afternoon or
evening. Clear your mind of the day and all that you have to get accomplished
and just be together. By doing this your child will know what to expect when
you go back to work and can look forward to having individual time with you.
— Pat Barrett, Ph.D., is a psychologist and child
therapist with EMERGE Ministries in Akron, Ohio.
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