Helping Children Adapt to A New Environment
When new to a certain place, adults usually have some sort of mechanism in their minds that allow them to adapt quickly and make more sense of the new environment they are in. All the decisions that follow stem from this thought process; unfortunately kids are not as lucky to have or develop such complex mental exercises just yet, so the most common reactions can range from one spectrum of the mood to the other - from depression to anger to sadness. As parents, this is a concern you have to address at the very beginning. Always be sensitive to the needs of your child and don't rush him or her into things. You can always ask nicely for your son or daughter to open up to you as you slowly gain their trust. It's also best that they see you being a good influence by showing them how've you've adapted to the new place. Always make time to talk to your kids and help ease their anxiety. Don't just thrust them into the new environment and expect them to cope well - that's why you're supposed to be there every step of the way, making sure that your son or daughter is never alone and has somebody to talk to.