The Caregiver’s Guide to Helping Homesick Children Cope

When you’re the caregiver for a young child, you are their whole world. You are one of the people they trust the most, a safety net that they can rely on when the rest of the world seems a little strange or different. This is precisely how a homesick child will likely feel.

As a caregiver, you may encounter a homesick child in a variety of settings, such as:

  • At a preschool or daycare
  • In a new home after a move
  • In a hospital during a long-term illness

In any one of these situations, the first place you start is compassion — but, as a caregiver, this is something you already know. How to address this specific child’s homesickness with compassion, while also helping them move through these emotions, may take a little time. The first step is understanding exactly what homesickness is and where it’s coming from.

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