Thursday, February 26, 2015
How to help with changes in routines
Sometimes we get so used to doing things a certain way and sometimes when things are changed or go differently we may get upset. We may even feel like our day is all out of whack. Well it can be the same for children. Often times they may not know how to handle these changes. They may get upset and cry. They may lash out at those around them. So what can we do to help with these changes? Well we need to remember that children reflect what they see. They watch us probably more than we realize. It would be helpful to them as well as to us if we first talk about the change. We can let them know what changed. We can tell them we are not happy but it is okay. It just means that something was done differently. We can tell them that there may be more than one way to do things. What about changes in the childs' routine? Well we can talk about that too. If weather causes schools to be closed, especially for numerous days, it could be helpful to talk about school. Talk about what they like to do there, who their friends are. Take them by the school and remind them that they will be going back soon. You can also keep in touch with your childs teacher, ask questions about what they are doing in school. If a sickness prevents children from following their regular routine, seek ways to keep them in touch with their classmates. Video chats with the teacher, or doing projects at home may help the child to feel like they are part of the routine. Children sometimes may have difficulty adjusting to new or substitute teachers. When possible ask to meet with the new teacher or the substitute allow the child to get to know that person. When that isn't possible, take a little extra time in the morning, talk to your child and reassure them that it is only for a short time. When we as parents acknowledge that our children have needs and routines too, we will be better equipped to help them when situations arise where they may feel overwhelmed.