The arrival of a new baby, or a big move away from familiarity can either be exciting or terribly frightening to a child. However, as humans, we are always susceptible to change and as humans, we are tend to be resistant to it. As a parent, it is important to teach our children fluidity and flexibility and teach them how to handle change.Below are some ways you can help your child deal with change.
Whether the change is good or bad, a child always picks up the attitude and the mood it's parent sets. If you are worried and overwhelmed and let those feelings show, they will transfer to your child and they, too, will feel down. However, even if a situation is stressful, such as a big move and you are always displaying a positive attitude, you can be sure that will reflect on your child.
Do what you can to make the situation comfortable. If the change is a family loss, and perhaps the child always took a walk in the park every Friday night with that person, to ease the pain continue that tradition. Or, if a new baby is coming into the family, do your best to not reduce the space your child has already claimed in that home. Doing what you can to reduce the impact as a parent is a great way to ease your child into this new transition.
Talk and listen. Parents love to talk and lecture and teach. All of that is indeed important however is also important that you listen to their needs as well. What are their worries and their concerns. This way you can evaluate what needs to be done to help them.
Children are quite adaptable so don't be too hard on yourself. Especially if a change is out of your control. Give them credit. However, every child is different, so do what you can to ease their hearts in whatever situation your family is dealing with it. Change is inevitable. How we deal with it is what matters.