Do you look forward to seeing your children after a day apart, only to discover they have kept all their best behaviour for their teacher? I used to cajole, attempt to cuddle, reprimand and sometimes join in the wailing myself, but last year I Iearned something that completely changed the way I manage this part of the day.
Our children’s brains are wired to develop in a safe and solid relationship with their parents. When they’re apart from us, their brains work very hard to both process everything that is happening and remain ‘okay’ without us to lean on. When they see us at the end of the day, their guard comes down, and we get to see all the frustration, sadness and anger they may have felt during the day.