Stay in touch
Consider sending postcards to your toddler before you leave so they'll arrive early in your absence. E-cards can also be written ahead of time and programmed to arrive when you choose. And of course, for children of all ages, phone calls are very reassuring. If your child starts to cry during your call, Holloran says, it's time to say good-bye -- and perhaps have his caregiver take him outside for a change of scenery.