7 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Big Life Changes

7 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Big Life Changes

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Big life changes are inevitable, but that doesn’t make them any easier for children (or adults) to manage. Structure and stability feel safe to children, so new experiences like divorce, moving, attending a new school, or welcoming a baby sibling can be scary.

As we face changes, we develop the skills of resilience. By navigating and growing from these experiences, we strengthen and train our “resilience muscle.” Children who are new to major life changes need extra support in addressing their feelings, understanding and adjusting to change, and learning new strategies and skills along the way.

Remember that children feel our emotions, so start by acknowledging and regulating your own feelings about the big change.

Once you’re composed and ready to guide your child through this time of transition, try the seven strategies below. These effective strategies will help your child feel safe, adjust, and build resilience.

7 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Big Life Changes

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5 thoughts on “7 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Big Life Changes

  1. avatar Laura M Defrese says:

    I am so excited about this article!

  2. avatar ST says:

    make a list of things to do in your new home, such as making a map of house

  3. avatar ST says:

    Make a sheet with Ideas to get new to new places! An idea :
    -explore and make a map of your new home

  4. avatar Maggi says:

    I looked forward to this article to help my sons face my husband’s wasting disease but there were no books mentioned in relation to the loss of a parent. Can you suggest any?

  5. avatar JP says:

    Thanks for this great article. We are a military family with 3 young kids; we moved 4 times in the last 6 years, and now live overseas. We are preparing the kids for one parent’s deployment to a dangerous location. Do you have any more articles/tips specific to that sort of scenario?

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