Megan Recommends for Military Families – The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
This is one of the best children’s books there is. It addresses the anxieties that children experience when they are going to be away from their parents. It does this is in a way that you are also able to follow up with your own child and start ‘the kissing hand’ routine.
This book is about a raccoon that is going to school for the first time and going to be away from his mother. He learns about the secret of the “kissing hand” and how he will be able to think about the love his mother has for him even when she is not right there.
The first time I read this to my children I each gave them a kiss in their hand and told them how much I loved them. Two months passed, we really didn’t chat about it and then when my son was going to stay with his grandparents for two nights he turned to me, held up his hand and said, “kiss it”. That simple gesture and story was all he needed to be less anxious about us being separated. It is now a part of our routine whenever we are going to be apart or experiencing new things seperately. I would highly recommend reading this book before any absence or deployment. There are also some great websites that have extension activities for this book too. Just Google “The Kissing Hand”.
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