The transitions within a family can be difficult for any of us but can be devastating to a child. There are major transitions such as a divorce or death that obviously have to be worked through by all. (click here for more on helping your child through a divorce) There are also good transitions that may be an adjustment for a child such as the birth of a sibling, a sibling leaving for college or moving out. The remarriage of a parent can be a major change for children as well. (click here for our series on blending families)
Like we have stated earlier this week the thing that must be done through any transition but is especially important through big ones is communicate. Pursue relationship with your child so you can observe where they are at emotionally. Family transitions can be busy times for the whole family so it is especially important that we are intentional to spend time simply listening to each other.
For more on this topic listen to today’s podcast.