The Kissing Hand

Today I’m delighted to welcome Rania Combs as a guest blogger on Parent Talk Today. The Kissing Hand warmed my heart when my son started kindergarten. I’m so glad to see that it is still helping parents and little ones make that transition as a new school year begins. (And thanks to Rania’s son for being our back-to-school model!)

My 5 year old looked forward to this day for months. For as long as he could remember, he watched his older brother and sister go to “big school.” It was finally his turn to go.

But for me, this day was bittersweet. Although my older children seemed grown-up at 5, my youngest still looks like a baby to me. A part of me wants to hold on tight, turn back time, and keep him small. I know I can’t. I’m grateful for the opportunity to watch him grow.

My son clutched my hand as we walked into the classroom and he sat in the chair that was assigned to him. Parents were asked to stick around for a while so they could fill out paperwork. Then the teacher invited everyone to sit on the carpet while she read a story, The Kissing Hand, out loud.

If you have children, you’ve probably read about Chester Raccoon before. On his first day of school, Chester stands at the edge of the forest and cries. He doesn’t want to go to school, and begs his mother to let him stay home so that he can play with his friends and toys and read his books.

To help ease the transition for Chester, his mom tells him the secret of the Kissing Hand. Spreading his left hand open, she kisses the middle of his palm and tells him that when he misses her, he should press his hand to his cheek and think “Mommy loves you, Mommy loves you” and the thought would fill him with warmth. Before Chester leaves for school, he gives his mom a Kissing Hand too.

All the children sat quietly and listened while the teacher read the story. In the silence I could hear a few parents sniffling. When the teacher turned the last page, she asked the parents and children to exchange Kissing Hands. Then one by one, the children walked away from their parents, exploring the new surroundings.

As I walked out the classroom, I saw my son smiling and talking with a new friend. I don’t think he used his Kissing Hand once today. I, on the other hand, pressed my hand to my cheek before I even left the school building.

— Rania Combs is a mom and an attorney with a Web-based law firm that helps Texas families prepare wills, trusts and estate plans online, without the usual overhead. For more information, visit her website.


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2 Responses to “The Kissing Hand”

  1. Lovely post. Will try the Kissing Hand idea in my household next week with my preschooler.

    Look forward to more!

  2. Kathy says:

    It’s a wonderful book, Marla! Keep the Kleenex handy, though. :)