If there is anything in life we can consider inevitable, it’s change. Change can affect us in many different ways, whether positive or negative. Reacting to change is among the greatest of challenges we face, especially knowing that change can occur at any instance. As adults, we have grown to become more aware of the possibility of sudden changes, and the ambiguity associated with it, though change can still very much be a stressor. Children on the other hand, are still developing in that regard. Big or sudden changes in the lives of children could be a great cause of stress, just as much as it can be in ours! Below, we will discuss a few ways you can help children deal with the stress brought upon them by changes in their lives:
- Warnings or making them aware in advance: While making children aware of an upcoming change is dependent on timing, as well as the possibility that change is sudden as well, it can be a good way to relieve stress over time for children, as they will be able to use that time to consider the change and maybe even think of any positives that can come out of it.
- Stand strong and set an example of what you want to see in them: The act of influence and setting examples for your children is extremely important in shaping their personalities, and dealing with change is no exception. Though some situations might be better or worse than others, if we want to see our children be able to respond to change more positively, there is no better way than being positive and resilient ourselves.
- Give them a sense of responsibility throughout the change: You can help build a greater sense of control over the situation by allowing children to make a few small choices. Some good examples can include picking a new room if you’re moving to a new house, or perhaps even what new fun nearby places you can spend some quality time at (restaurants, movie theatres etc.).