Don’t be alarmed and don’t overreact to her crying and saying she misses her Dad. You could respond by gently saying, “I know you miss Daddy. He misses you too and he will be so happy to see you on ___________” (fill in the blank with whatever day she will be with her Dad).
Rub her back or stroke her hair to calm her. If she is too upset to get back to sleep you could suggest that she draw Daddy a picture, or call him on the phone. But be careful that Ellie does not learn to use her crying as a ploy to stay up late and avoid bedtime! Caroline Schacht has a master’s degree in home economics and another in sociology. She has been trained as a divorce mediator and a teacher at East Carolina University, specializing in courtship and marriage classes. She is the co-author of several textbooks, including "Choices in Relationships and Understanding Social Problems." She can be reached a firstname.lastname@example.org.