Tips for supporting children through tough transitions
Predictability is key. Let children know when they will be picked up from school/day care. Don’t promise to “try’ to pick up child early unless you are positive you can do so. Otherwise, the child is forced to wonder if mom/dad are coming and that sets them up for worry.
Plan your week. Let the child know the routine each day (i.e. Monday is karate, Tuesday is soccer, etc.). In cases of divorce, make a calendar to highlight who will be the parent picking up/dropping off each day.
Help to decrease your kids anxiety. Kids have a wonderful way of sensing our own anxieties and fears. When they sense that we worry, they worry. Do your best to put on a brave face (even when you’re not feeling particularly brave).