Depends on how he's acting out, whether it continues after you leave (the temper tantrum while you're going out the door is different than the kid who cries all day because they want to go home) and if this is something new, or if it's always been like this.
My youngest would pitch a fit when I came for lunches and to volunteer and had to leave and we were just firm about it. When it was time to go, it was time to go. He knew I would be back at the end of the day to pick him up, just like every day, but when mom was there he would get special treatment like not having to walk in line etc. Rather than having that end, he would have preferred to go home. Sometimes you just don't get what you want in life. Once he realized that pitching a fit wasn't going to get him anything, he got over it.
at 1:34 PM on Oct. 24, 2008