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The Only Constant in Life is Change: 3 Ways to Support Your Child through Change

As parents, we understand that change is an inevitable part of life. Yet, when faced with significant transitions, such as moving to a new city, changing schools, or welcoming a new sibling, our children may struggle to cope with the accompanying challenges. Read more about how you can support your child when big changes arise.


  1. Understand the potential impact of change on your child's life:

Big changes can bring forth a wide range of emotions in children, from excitement and anticipation to anxiety and uncertainty. Each child responds differently to change based on their temperament, age, and previous experiences. It's essential to recognise that even positive changes can be accompanied by stress and adjustment periods. Therefore, take the time to check-in with your child on a regular basis how they are feeling about the upcoming change.


2. Foster open communication:

One of the most powerful tools in supporting your child through change is open communication. Create a safe and non-judgmental space for your child to express their feelings and concerns. Encourage them to share their thoughts openly and validate their emotions, letting them know that it's okay to feel nervous or scared.


3. Maintain routine and stability:

This is really a key step to take, especially with younger children. During times of change, maintaining a sense of routine and stability can provide a comforting anchor for your child. Establish predictable daily routines, such as mealtimes, bedtime rituals, and family activities, to create a sense of stability amidst the uncertainty.


Be patient with yourself and your child while undergoing a transition. It is absolutely okay for your child to experience a surge of emotions or be in a more vulnerable state. Consider seeking professional support if you notice your child is struggling with adapting to a big change that has taken place and they aren't able to easily go about their daily life.


Best regards,

Megan

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