1. Begin each day with prayer. We all need divine guidance as we take on the challenges each day brings. Let children know you'll be praying for them while they're away from home. Then do so, several times throughout the day.
2. Teach children that each new day is a gift from God. Be grateful for it. Wake children with humor. Caress them lovingly. Tell them God wants the best for them, and encourage them to get ready for whatever surprises the day might hold.
3. Make children's daily homecoming a cheerful occasion. Listen carefully to their experiences. Affirm that you're proud of them and pleased to be their parent (grandparent, caregiver, etc.)
4. Make home life joyful and memorable. Play games, tell funny stories, take walks, and eat together. Build pleasant memories that kids will remember for a lifetime.
TELL CHILDREN THAT YOU LOVE THEM!