Magazine article Work & Family Life

Preparing Young Kids for a Coming Change

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Preparing Young Kids for a Coming Change

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QMy 3 year old loves his friends at nursery school and is crazy about his teacher. When and how do I tell him that many things are about to change because the school year is almost over and summer is on the way?

-K.L., Seattle

A Even good transitions can be hard for young kids. Toddlers, 2s and 3s especially, have very little sense of time. They don't understand what it means for preschool to end and may become anxious when you talk about school closing and your plans for the summer.

Dr. Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive, offers this advice to parents:

Stay in the present. Young children live in the here and now. Hold off till the last week of school before you start talking about the school year being over. When you do talk about it, also tell your child one fun thing you will be doing during the summer such as going swimming, visiting cousins or playing outside. …

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