December 28, 2011 3:59 PM Subscribe
How can I prepare my toddler for, and ease the transition to, a whole bunch of changes?
posted by coriolisdave to Human Relations (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Within a week, my two-year-old and I will be returning to our hometown 1000km away from the place we've been the last year. I've been the primary caregiver for the Little Miss since she was born, however she's very attached to her mama (as would be expected). However, mama is not coming with us. She's staying here for a month before joining us back home.
- the house we're moving back to is a new and strange one
- once we get to hometown the Little Miss will be starting daycare for the first time.
- the cats (to whom she's very attached) are coming with mama
With three major changes in quick succession I'm not sure how best to prepare her, nor how best to ease her transition. We'll be skyping with mama regularly (daily, I expect), and there's the possibility that mama can visit for a couple of days ~10 days after we arrive. I'm torn as to whether this would be a good idea or not, however - is this likely to disturb her more?
I also plan on easing her into daycare, starting with a couple of days where she spends the morning there, with me, and then without, and then full days. Is this a viable plan, or is there a better way to approach this?
Finally, she'll get to reconnect with her grandparents, all of whom are very keen for doting-time, so there'll at least be that distraction.