10 Ways to Say Goodbye to your Children at Drop-Off


LOVE this pic from my “Reading is YUMMY!” Camp…the hand belongs to sweet Addison.

Now that you’re back into the swing of things this September, I bet your morning routine could use a little something new or special to communicate those 2 most important messages to your kiddos: “I’m here” and “I love you.” Have a little fun, and find out which connection ritual they like the best! Try these 10 ways of saying “goodbye” to your child at childcare or school:

1. with a “Kissing Hand”

2. Put a “Circle of Love” around them, reminding them that your love and God’s love for them are never-ending, and that you will be thinking of them throughout the day.

3. Use a line from a favorite book you’ve read together like, “Be wise. Be brave. Be careful.” from The Magic Tree House series or “I love you to the moon and back!” from Guess How Much I Love You  or “I love you, I love you, My Dinosaur!” from a new favorite:

Guess How Much I Love You Book How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

4. Sing a quick song – “Jesus Loves Me”, “This is the Day”, “If You’re Happy and You Know it, share a smile…

5. Use a silly rhyme: “I love you once, I love you twice, I love you more than beans and rice,” and kiss them on each cheek.

6. Hand them an encouraging note or postcard to read when they get to their locker or desk.

7. “Draw” a heart on their hand or back or “i…heart….you!”

8. Whisper a loving secret: “You’re my sunshine boy!”, “You are a beloved child of God, and I’m so glad you’re my daughter!”

9, Sign “I love you.” 2 ways…. point to yourself for “I”, then cross hands across chest for “love”, then point at child for “you”, OR:


10. Give them a blessing:

(for boy)

“God bless you and your work today, 

As you learn and as you play.

Remember, you’re my special guy, 

I love you more than apple pie!”

(for girl)

“God bless you and your work today, 

As you learn and as you play.

You’re my girl, and I love you

Mommy/ Daddy is SO proud of you!”

(or “more than peanut butter stew!”)

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