Kids Can Adapt to Change

Kids Adapt to Their Environment

Curiosity Helps Kids Adapt

Healthy children are quick to adapt to their surroundings. Their fun-loving nature helps them ease into new situations. Healthy curiosity aids them in exploring their environment.

“Children are inherently driven to keep learning and exploring new territory, and adapting to change.” [PPI]

Children enjoy learning, growing and exploring their new environment. Whether an introvert or an extrovert, children want to learn new things. An introvert my approach their new environment quietly while extrovert advances their new atmosphere more boldly, yet each is moving forward in their observations and adaptations.

Kids Adapt to New Schools

“Most children who have had opportunities to make strong attachments to their parents have achieved the major emotional milestone of keeping Mom or Dad in their minds while they are separated for a few hours.” [S]

When a parent or teacher “strives to understand, through careful observation, the child’s unique ways of expressing his needs and preferred ways of being cared for” the child forms a nurturing relationship with their primary or secondary adult. [S]

“Independence grows from the strong foundation of a child’s dependent needs being met.” [PPI]

Kids Adapt to Change

Kids adapt to change more readily if part of their routine remains stable. Whether a small one-day change, a lifestyle change or a seismic change through a move, a child will adapt. As adults, we can assist the child’s adaptation:

  • Communicate what they can expect in the new environment (doctor’s appointment; field trip; new home)
  • Communicate the time frame of the change (drop off pick up times; one week or one year move; permanent new residence)
  • Communicate a good attitude yourself as your child will take cues from you – lead well

Clear communication is a key. Take time to communicate the changes, the time frame and the good opportunities ahead.

“It’s not unusual for children to go through a period of adaptation to the new environment. Luckily, children have been collecting some important skills” along their journey to their new surroundings. [S]

Kids Adapt to a New Home

Clear communication is a key. If your family is moving from the city to the country, emphasize the opportunity to explore nature, raise animals, etc. If your family is moving from the country to the city, highlight the opportunity to visit museums, zoos, gardens, etc. that are easily accessible in your new location.

“Change always involves the letting go of how things have been to one extent or another.” [PPI]

When moving to a new home, especially if it involves moving to a new country with a new language.

“Letting a child know that moving and changing is a part of life might [help] them understand that though we move to new places, we don’t have to leave behind all of our comfortable routines. Family members who travel with us, bedtime rituals of reading books and favorite breakfast routines will keep some of the familiar even in a new and unfamiliar place.” [S4S]

Maintaining your normal routine in the morning, at meal times and at bedtime will assist children as they adapt to all the many changes associated with moving, especially if it involves a new country, new time zone and a new language.

Scriptures Help our Minds Adapt

Bible Verses can aid us as we prepare, implement and walk-through change and adapt to our new environment.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB

“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 AMP

Recommendation:

God Promises to Never Leave Us God Promises to Never Leave Us – Strength with Dignity

References:

13 Bible Verses for Times of Change & Transition. Published by Odyssey [O] on May 23, 2018. Guest post by @lu-lu-ve of Troy University. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from 13 Bible Verses For Times Of Change & Transition (theodysseyonline.com)

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Ages & Stages: How Children Adjust to School. Published by Scholastic [S]. Contributors: Ellen Booth Church, Carla Poole and Dr. Susan A. Miller. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from Ages & Stages: How Children Adjust to School | Scholastic

Helping Children Adapt to Change. Published by Peaceful Parent Institute [PPI]. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from Helping children adapt to change – The Way of the Peaceful Parent

How to Help Children Adapt to a New Environment. Published by Strength 4 Spouses [S4S] on December 31, 2018. Guest Post from Author Anna Levine. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from How to Help Children Adapt to a New Environment | Strength 4 Spouses

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

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10 thoughts on “Kids Can Adapt to Change”

  1. Oh, this is great advice, Lisa! When our girls were teens, one of them disliked cross-country skiing and just about every family activity. We finally figured out she hates not knowing how long we’d be doing the activities, not the actual activity. It made all the difference in our family time!

    1. I’m so glad you were able to discover the reason for her dislike and to take away the unpleasantness for her. Children do communicate with us, but sometimes we have to dig deeper to understand what they’re actually trying to say to us.

  2. Wish I had this advice when my kids were still at home. However, Holy Spirit used this to speak to me about adapting to Kingdom Living as a child of God. “Clear communication is a key, Emphasize the opportunity to explore, and Highlight the opportunity to visit. were phrases that jumped out at me.

    1. So true, Jodee, this can definitely speak to us about adapting to Kingdom living! And even though our children aren’t young, we can share with those who do have young children and help their adaptations be smoother.

  3. I adapted after a while to a new location as a child. It took a while though. I was taken away from my support system (my grandmother) when my family moved all of a sudden, I didn’t have her. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 72. Pinned.

    1. Kids do adapt, but losing a key support person does make it more challenging. Your grandmother sounds like a special lady!

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