Maren, I just had to share that after working with our parents on the 5 step-problem solving process, one mother and I got together and used it with her little boy who was having a hard time releasing her each morning to come into class (even though he LOVED it once he was there!)
Turns out, the little boy was happy to help us with our problem and had a GREAT idea to place a heart-shaped rock on a table where he could pick it up each morning and take it directly to his cubby. We agreed that we would try it and the next morning it went off without even the slightest inkling of an issue!
The mom and I had to really close our mouths as they were hanging open with surprise…Ever since, this little 3-year-old is happy to walk in sans mommy! Thank you so much!