So now that you're clued in to the awareness that behind most of your daily battles with your child lies the stress of transition...What do you do next???
TWICE THE P'S (PEACE)
Creating a TRANSITION PLAN will put you back in the driver's seat and help stop power struggles before they start.
Your child will feel more secure when (s)he knows what to expect. Less anxiety means less negative behavior.
Here's your Peaceful Transition Checklist: (Pay special attention to #5)
- ✔Pick up the CLUE - your child's negative behavior is his or her language to communicate feelings of stress and overwhelm
- ✔Identify the transition - Leaving the house? Bedtime? Getting up? Ending playtime or TV time? Homework time? After school? Parent getting home at night? ***A seemingly small transition can have a bigger impact than you may realize!***
- ✔Create a predictable routine - Be sure the schedule works for you first! When your child knows what to expect, (s)he will be less anxious and stressed. Less stress means less need for negative behavior.
- ✔Build in extra time - Transitions require extra time, not just the amount it "should" take. You already know this because what you're doing isn't working... Add 15-30 minutes MORE than you think is needed. This will take the pressure of both you and your child. The calmer you feel, the more you will be able to help your child through the transition.
- ✔Include "special time"- ***This is the most important element to your routine!*** Call it "special time", "mommy time", "daddy time",etc. Your child is seeking regulation during the stress of transition. You are the source of that regulation. So guaranteeing your child 10-20 minutes of calm connection with you is a HUGE INVESTMENT into the overall calm of the day. Isn't your child already getting your attention?? Don't you want the attention you give your child to leave you both feeling better?
- ✔Make it visual and place it where your child can see it. (White board, picture board, etc. Be creative and make it together.) This gives your child a feeling of control - something else that is well known to calm anxiety and stress.
- ✔Stick to it! - Consistency builds security. Imagine the routine, play it out in your mind, but DO NOT BEGIN UNTIL YOU FEEL READY TO BE CONSISTENT...NOT PERFECT BUT COMMITTED.
A working mom of 6 and 9 year olds told me she had 100% improvement in her mornings after we made a transition plan together...How cool is that?!
Starting in two weeks, I'll be taking a small group of parents through all the above steps in detail.
I'll also be sharing:
- The cutting-edge brain science behind the strategies
- My full, consistent, expert support to help you implement the exact plan your family requires for more peace at home.
You'll also receive timely parenting tips via email!