Whether you're going on an overnight business trip or your child is spending a month away at summer camp, it's not uncommon for kids to feel some form of anxiety about being separated from their parents. It's especialyl prevelant if they have never experienced a night away from mom and dad. But you can help ease their fears (and some of your own) by checking out some of the books every parent should read their child before spending the night away. These books are written especially for children, to let them know that they are not alone in their feelings, and remind them that even though they may have to be apart for a short time, parents will always come back to the little ones they love.
Before you go away, be sure to make a little time to cuddle up with your kids and read some of the books on this list. They may help you and your kids find ways to talk about their feelings about being separated, and find positive ways to deal with their emotions. And once you are away, you can sneak in a FaceTime or Skype session to help make the time until you are back together again a little more bearable for everyone.
1. 'My Mommy's On A Business Trip' by Phaedra Cucina
2. 'Mommy, Don’t Go' by Elizabeth Crary and Marina Megale
Mommy Don't Go is an interactive book that allows kids to get involved with the story. A little boy is upset about having to stay with a baby sitter when his mother has to travel. Kids can consider different options and help the main character figure out the best way to deal with his feelings.
3. 'The Invisible String' by Patrice Karst
4. 'When I Miss You' by Cornelia Maude Spelman
5. 'Countdown 'Til Daddy Comes Home' by Kristin Ayyar
6. 'You Go Away' by Dorothy Corey
7. 'The Goodbye Book' by Todd Parr
8. 'Nic And Nellie' by Astrid Sheckels
9. 'The Magic Box: When Parents Can't Be There to Tuck You In' by Marty Sederman
10. 'I Love You All Day Long' by Francesca Rusackas
11. 'The Kissing Hand' by Audrey Penn
12. 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell
Three little owlets wake up worried and afraid in the middle of the night when they find their mommy gone. In Owl Babies, Mom returns to explain that she was out looking for food because she loves them, and promises to always come back, in this beautifully watercolor illustrated book.