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Small change, big gains

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Children who learn to deal with small changes are better able to cope with big changes.

  • Change happens, children may move, start school, or new siblings may join the family. 
  • Children need support in preparing for change.
  • Dealing with change, both positive and negative, can be very stressful for kids.
  • The more skills your child has going into new situations the more confident they will be.
  • Learning to deal with change takes practice.
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 Here’s how you can help your child learn to cope with change:

  • Involve your child in the steps leading up to a change.
  • Find the positives in changes. For example, new friends they might meet at school, or a room of their own in the new house.
  • The unknown can be scary. Explain to your child what is happening. For example, show them on a calendar how many days until moving to a new home. Provide opportunities for your child to practice dealing with change. Introduce your child to new situations such as going to a community program or an Early Years Centre.
  • Mastering something helps a child feel in control. You can help by:
    • Showing your child ways to get organized. For example, have them help put the spoons in the drawer or put away the laundry. 
    • Giving your child opportunities to try things on their own, for example, buttoning up their shirt. Encourage your child to ask for help when needed.
  • Help your child develop thinking, personal and social skills. Check out this guide from Best Start 
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Activities

  • Play ‘school’ with your child focusing on learning letters and numbers.
  • Try out programs available for children in your community.
  • Explore your local library and read stories about change with your child.
  • Visit a new park.