Navigate Change: Support Your Child Through Transitions


Adjusting to a new school, new friends, new childcare, new family structure through divorce or other family changes can be both positive and daunting at the same time. Guiding children through these experiences while we are having feelings at the same time can be a challenge. It helps to keep in mind that processing change actually strengthens resilience. Trying to always protect your child from having to make changes really isn’t helpful.

So what does help? Kids who are new to change need a little extra support to recognize and address emotions as well as strategies to solve problems and feel at ease. Let’s talk together to gain an overview of the common stresses associated with major points of transition in family life like entering kindergarten, graduating from high school, even “boomerang” adult children returning home, and more. You’ll have a chance to understand your own reactions to change as well as those of your child so that you can gracefully and lovingly offer support during these exciting and sometimes challenging times.

    • For additional support, check out the Quick Video Solutions Library Parenting Principles for Progress not Perfection Explore the Video Solutions and Handouts for all the classes including Positive Connections for More Cooperation and Keep Calm and Pass it On.
  • Identify key transitions in the family life cycle
  • Apply practical strategies to minimize stress
  • Recognize signs of distress or adjustment difficulty in yourself or your child
  • Provide support that promotes successful transitions and strengthens resilience