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Changing Times and Changing Weather—How to Help Your Kids Prepare for Different Seasons

The changing of seasons is a magical part of nature, but it can also be a scary time for small children. While some children take changing seasons in stride, others find it difficult to transition from spring rain to hot summer days or from autumn chill to winter snow. If your child struggles to prepare for changing weather, read on to discover four strategies that can help her deal with a new season.

Go Shopping for Seasonal Clothes

A great way to get your child ready for the next season is a shopping trip. Picking out shorts or sweaters can introduce children to the new season before the weather changes arrive so they have time to prepare. Let children try on their new clothes at home and discuss how each item will be useful for the type of weather that’s approaching.

Keep Your Home Comfortable

Your child may feel anxiety about a new season because they’re worried about being uncomfortable. Children with special needs like autism or sensory processing disorder are especially vulnerable to changing temperatures. Help ease your child’s worries by maintaining a comfortable temperature indoors. You should call ac installation services to add central air conditioning or a heat pump if you are moving into a new home or if you need replace your older model.

Read Books and Watch Movies About Seasons

Books and movies are great ways for children to learn about new things. Try reading “Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit” or watching Disney’s “Frozen” together as the seasons begin to change. Reinforce lessons with coloring books, activity pages and pretend play. Encourage your child to identify aspects of a season they saw in a book or movie and relate them to everyday life.

Decorate for Seasonal Holidays

Fun decorations are another way to ease your child into a new season. If your child attends school, they probably have plenty of seasonal craft projects to display at home. Homeschoolers and children who are too young for school can also get in on the act. Try making tissue paper snowflakes for winter, green clovers for spring or starfish and sea creatures for summer.

If your child still struggles with changing seasons, don’t push too hard. Try to offer comfort and soothe their anxiety. Some children may need professional help to get over their anxieties if a fear of changing seasons interferes with their daily activities. An art therapist, play therapist or other professional who specialized in children’s mental health can be particularly helpful for special needs children who experience seasonal anxiety.

Tim Esterdahl

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