I’m planning to move my child from a new Montessori Center to another due to a job change. I’m sure she’ll miss the old place since she’s already very used to the environment and has made friends there. Here are some changes I’m going to make to help her cope with the change:
- I’ll talk to her about the new school every morning before we leave and remind her of what to expect closer to when I drop her off. Though she may not understand everything I say or the implication, she’ll know something different is about to happen and will grow to understand in time.
- I intend to spend extra time on the things that are constant. Despite the fact that there’s change in the air, some things will remain constant - like her bed time routine and play dates. This way, she will see some elements of familiarity in the course of her day and be able to hold on to those.
- I’ll validate her feelings, allow her to mourn and help her cope with them.
- I'll visit her during her break time so she can at least see a familiar face, till she settles in.
How would you help a child deal with change?
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