The Kissing Hand is the Perfect Book to Help Kids Through Separation Anxiety!

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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn!

Separation anxiety is tough for any parent.

Whether it’s dropping a child off at school, leaving a kiddo with a babysitter, or trying to peel your kid off your leg when you’re saying goodbye at a playdate, it is not easy for them to let go.

Enter THE KISSING HAND, an oh-so-fabulous book, and one of my favorites to help kids cope with goodbyes — not to mention a mother's unwavering love for her child.

In THE KISSING HAND, one small raccoon is nervous to start school. Why? He doesn’t want to leave his mom, of course. Sound familiar?

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Chester also only wants to do those things with which he is already comfortable— play with his old friends, read his own books and swing on his own swing. How will he get over his nerves?

Leave it to Mom, of course. Mrs. Raccoon has a long-held secret up her sleeve, and she teaches a frightened Chester about the “Kissing Hand.” She spreads Chester’s fingers into a fan, kisses the middle of his palm, and has him touch that same palm to his face as he recites some simple words:

“Mommy loves you.”

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With his kissing hand as his side, Chester calms down. He now knows that he has nothing to fear!

School may be scary at first, and it may not be easy to leave his mom, but whenever he feels himself getting anxious, he can always touch his paw to his face and remember that mom is always with him, even if she isn’t sitting right beside him in his classroom.

The result? One little raccoon heads off to school with confidence and courage — and even gives mom a present of her own.

The Kissing Hand

OK — so let me be honest for a moment.

I first read THE KISSING HAND long before I had kids, and it didn't really resonate with me. It was an undeniably sweet story, but it just wasn't one of the books that thrilled me during my writing studies.

But now, post kids?

THE KISSING HAND has made several of our “best of” children’s book lists!

Fast forward several years, and now I'm a mom of two boys. And if there is one thing I've learned about children's literature after becoming a parent, it's that the types of books I love are constantly evolving — because sometimes, I fall in love with a book after I see the effect it has on my own kids.

This is exactly what happened with THE KISSING HAND.

Not only do my kids also love it, but THE KISSING HAND has ended up on so many of Happily Ever Elephants children’s book lists, including books for kids with anxiety, children’s books about divorce, children’s books about courage, first day of school books, and children’s books about moms.

THE KISSING HAND instills comfort in both parents and children alike

As a parent-reader, I found myself in Mrs. Raccoon's actions (I know that sounds kind of funny, but its totally true!!)

I was struck by the notion of doing anything in your power — making up any game, trick or story — to instill a sense of confidence in your child and to ensure your little one knows you are always with him, even when you are not physically present. It was comforting to me to find my own desire to protect and help my children reflected back to me, and I loved learning a new a tool to help my kids through troubling situations.

As a child reader — well, let’s just say that my boys thinks THE KISSING HAND is the best book ever. We have used our kissing hands so many times —particularly at school drop off — and it instills such comfort and reassurance in both of my kiddos.

THE KISSING HAND is a beautiful, gentle story, with a timeless message that will no doubt be incorporated into your daily lives. We hope you love it as much as we do.


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