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Helping Kids Handle Transitions

May 3, 2024

Change can be hard for anyone, but it’s particularly difficult for kids. Transitions — whether it’s between activities, places, or objects of attention — often require us to stop doing something we enjoy to do something we need to. This can cause children to act out, especially if they have emotional or developmental challenges.

That’s why this week at, we explore why kids have a hard time with transitions and how parents can guide them through it. Big transitions, such as moving, getting a new sibling, or divorce, can be stressful and disruptive for children who thrive on routine. We provide advice on talking to your child about moving and how to make relocation more comfortable for them. We explore how to prepare kids for the arrival of a new child in the family. And since divorce can be a painful process for both parent and child, we discuss how to make space for your child’s feelings while also getting support for yourself. Finally, we explore what to do if a child isn’t responding well to a big change and may need extra help to rebound.

– Faith Wilkins, Staff Writer | 

Related Resources

Why Do Kids Have Trouble With Transitions?

Being asked to switch gears is a common trigger for problem behavior like whining and tantrums.


How Can We Help Kids With Transitions?

With the right support, children can learn to change gears without acting out.


Advice for Moving With Children

How to make a stressful time easier.


Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

How to help kids feel positive about the new baby and avoid problem behaviors.


Supporting Kids During a Divorce

From how to listen to their feelings to how to respond to anxiety, disruptive behavior and more.


What Are Adjustment Disorders?

When kids have big reactions to stressful events.


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