Transitions can be very difficult, especially for kids. As adults we are able to recognize the anxiety that can be present with big life transitions, but for kids, even small transitions can cause anxiety and angst. It bears noting that not only are kids transitioning from a spring trimester with an entirely new set of rules for safety, into the “new normal” of summer—including reduced restrictions, finding friends to “bubble with” and safe summer activities. It leaves many feeling uneasy as a loss of control pops up again. These times can be even more challenging for kids with ADHD, anxiety, autism, or sensory processing issues.
There are some things that can help, however.
- Presenting kids with a routine and sticking to it, helps ease anxieties and lets a child know what to expect.
- Having a family calendar that hangs in a central location in your home allows kids to check on their own.
- Whenever possible, give a heads up as daily transitions are approaching, or if there are plans to see other people. This will allow children time to ask questions regarding the rules and any safety concerns that they might have.
The balance to strike with kids is between the reality of what a parent knows to be best, and the child’s need to have a sense of control over their life. When a parent can allow their child to feel empowered over their life, without losing their ability to effectively parent, transitions can be significantly easier.
The following two websites provide additional suggestions regarding transitions: