One day, I don't know why I didn't think of it before, I gave him a countdown to when we were leaving. Now this first time it didn't go perfectly, but I noticed there was far less crying then usual. Each time I did it the reaction was better and better. Then I realized what I had been doing- normally when it was time to leave, it was sudden and unexpected to him, plus I was pretty rushed to go when it was time to go. So the countdown prepared him to go more gently then my normal seemingly abrupt, "Time to go."
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