A note from Mrs. Barnes…
How about some tips for making transitions easier for everyone? Have you ever wanted your kids to move a little faster when you are ready to go somewhere? Put yourself in your child’s shoes and think about what it would feel like if all of a sudden, your boss or “better half” demanded that you stop what you’re doing and immediately do something different. Everyone likes a gentle warning when things are about to change. Here are some tips:
- Start explaining schedules when children are young; they may have no concept of time but will soon learn that our lives typically run on a schedule.
- When regular schedules are interrupted or change, explain how sometimes things don’t always go as planned and we just “go with the flow”.
- Give timed warnings that things are about to change. (Example: In 10 minutes, we will need to leave. In 5 minutes, we’ll be going; you should be preparing to leave. In 1 minute we need to leave the house; will you be ready to go?)