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4 Ways to Deal with Difficult Change Together as a Family

4 Ways To Deal With Difficult Change Together As A FamilyIt is inevitable that all families will undergo changes spanning from moving into new homes and transitioning between elementary and middle schools. These changes can often be difficult to overcome especially for the youngest family members. Fortunately there are ways to prepare for such changes that are easy to implement and can dramatically benefit the entire family while bringing everyone closer together.

Communication is the Key

Changes within families are normal and easier to navigate when everyone communicates. Make time for the entire family to gather together and discuss the new things that will be happening. This is a great time for all to share their ideas and feelings. Regular family meetings can open up the space for all to share insights and allow the time to process new information in between. Set up a weekly meeting with your loved ones or regularly check in with each other about changes to make them less difficult.

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead can help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with difficult changes. If your family is moving to a new town you can research different places you can visit together, festivals to attend, and organizations you will become a part of. Replacing some of the doubts and fears with positive dreams of what will come next can be especially beneficially for children as they let go of familiar places, friends, and schools.

Create a Family Tradition

Establishing family traditions can create a bond that can help make a change more manageable. Traditions can be small like having dinner together every evening or practicing the same craft each year during a holiday. Family traditions at home can make life and love more certain when undergoing a change as a family.

Looking Back at Better Times

Sometimes a change may occur in life that knocks all of the wind out of a person or group. Pull out the old photo albums together one evening while drinking hot coco and reminisce. Finding something that helps bring to memory that difficult things have happened before and life has turned out fine can help bring any change into perspective.

While reminiscing about the past can calm the nerves and remind you of good times, experts at Wheaton World Wide Moving encourage transitioning families to focus on the future. Reach out to other families that have handled similar changes. Consider reading blogs and books that provide information that will guide you through the experience. Change can be easier on some and harder on others in your own family. Remember to be sensitive to one another and create a healthy channel of communication. Together your family can get through anything.

Tim Esterdahl

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