Children don’t always find it easy to make transitions between activities. Sometimes they’re absorbed in what they’re doing and don’t want to stop. But at certain times of the day, they need to change activities. Here’s how to make it easier for them – and you!Planning transitions: tipsThe key is to set up a predictable family routine. This is likely to help with transitions that happen every day. Children can accept change better when they know it’s coming.Here are some tips:
Timing transitions: tipsTransitions are a part of every child’s day. Timing them right can make it easier for your child to change from one thing to another:
Giving choices about transitionsYou can’t always give your child a choice about stopping one activity and starting another. But sometimes you can give her a choice about other things. Here are some ideas:
Highlighting the upside of transitionsPointing out the positive side of the transition can direct your child’s attention away from the change and onto something that he likes or is happy about:
Troubleshooting transitionsIt’s OK if your child is disappointed about having to stop. That’s natural. You can encourage your child to use words to express feelings of disappointment.But if your child plays up or throws a tantrum, be careful not to accidentally reward that behaviour by giving her more time on the activity. You can be understanding, but also clear and firm. Gently insist that your child does what you ask.