MFP-BT_When-Cry-Kick-Scream-2_AIf I cry, kick, and scream when you leave me, even if it’s only for an hour and I’m with someone I know and like, I may be saying, “Life feels a little uncertain. I need you. I depend on you to keep me safe.” You can support me by giving me a little warning, then tell me when you are going away. Yes, I may cry, but I’m learning that I can trust you not to abandon me. Leave me with someone I know and trust. Reassure me that you will come back just like you always do. If possible, tell me when you’re coming back in a way I can understand, such as, “I’m going to be back after your nap.” Give me a reminder of you to hold—a photo of us, your t-shirt or cap, or a note.

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