We’re preparing to change schools. We’ve been talking about the change now for a few months. We’re all sad and excited.
It’s hard to say goodbye at any age, whether you’re a toddler getting dropped off at day care, or a teenager bidding teachers and friends goodbye at the end of the school year.
But learning how to navigate transitions is a crucial part of growing up, says Susan Linn, founding director of Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and a lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“What children need is a foundation to be able to deal with change,” she says.
How can parents build that foundation?
By letting kids know that, although no one can stop transitions, everyone has a chance to discover “what you can do to contribute to the experience, to acknowledge, and mark, and take ownership,” says Linn.
And saying goodbye is one powerful way that kids can honor a transition, and make it their own.
So how can parents can start conversations with kids…
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