Creating smooth transitions for young children
Having a daily routine set in place can help transitions become easier. Children experience many transitions as they start to grow, from home into crèche; from home into preschool or big school for example. When sharing parenting post separation transitioning into two routines in two homes with two sets of family forms can be difficult if not handled well.
When children know what to do and what to expect next, it is less likely they will become confused or upset about a situation. Taking time to explain to them that changes are happening is the first step in supporting a child with a transition.
Looking at physical changes around who collects them, puts them to bed, takes them swimming, reads the story are important to consider and explain. Making time to talk it through these changes with children can be helpful. Introduce the changes into imaginative play time so you can help your child understand what will happen.