By Dr. Stacie Bunning, clinical psychologist
How do I help my daughter adjust to a new school after a separation? I am a newly separated, single mom of a 6-year-old. Unfortunately, as well as dealing with the separation, we are moving and she will have to start a new school. Do you have any advice for this transition?
Young children are creatures of habit who thrive on predictability and security. Any disruption in their usual routine can throw them off and lead to changes in mood, attitude and behavior. Going to a new school is one such change, and you might find that your daughter feels scared, shy, angry, worried or sad when the time actually comes. Her adjustment will be compounded by the fact that she is already dealing with difficult feelings having to do with your separation.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ease her transition to the new school:
Advice from our experts is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment from a health-care provider or learning expert familiar with your unique situation. We recommend consulting a qualified professional if you have concerns about your child's condition.
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