Humans are creatures of habit. Even when change is welcome, it is known to take a toll on our energy levels. While difficulty with change can manifest in a number of ways depending on the child and the setting, we hope these tips will help pave the way for more successful transitions.
1. Build routines
If a child doesn’t like to transition because they value consistency and structure, then start by bringing in consistency and structure into the transition process itself.
2. Summarize the day for them
Along with having a routine, let the child know what their day is going to look like. Having a structure in place can be reassuring and helpful – even for older kids.
3. Create a playlist
For younger kids in particular, songs can be especially effective tools to help implement routines and ease transitions. The “clean up” song can be heard in preschools throughout the country for good reason, but there are countless other songs to be found (and made up!) to suit a variety of situations from tying shoes to brushing teeth.
4. Acknowledge the good
Recognize when things are going well and let the child know. Be specific in your praises and emphasize your support. With the right support, children can learn to change gears without whining and tantrums.
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