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Teaching Your Kids About Change

Teaching Your Kids About Change

If you’re a parent, one of the most important things you can do is to teach your kids about change. You aren’t doing them any favors by insulating them from this inevitable part of life.
 
During a speaking engagement at Amazon.com, I was asked, "how much does our fear of change have to do with the negative connotation of the word change?" I immediately thought of the tendency in this country to keep kids going to the same school, living in the same house, eating the same foods, etc. By protecting your children from change, you’re actually teaching them to avoid it, and ultimately, to fear it.
 
I’ve met people who say they don’t want to move because they don’t want to take their kids out of school, but it’s the parents who are scared. Kids aren’t as fragile as you think. They’re actually very good at handling change, provided they’re allowed to experience it.
 
To listen to my entire speaking engagement at Amazon.com, click here.

Posted: 4/23/09
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Shawn57

Also me! I am 51 years old and spent my childhood moving. 'The experts' that I have read, over the decades, do state that this type of instability is very difficult on a child. I agree! I moved 5 times including having to change highschools three times. It was difficult. I made sure my own children had stability and stayed in the same school district K-12.

  • By Shawn57
  • on 4/23/09 8:34 AM EST
ayashe

Speaking as someone who spent their whole life moving and changing schools I think stability is more important.

  • By ayashe
  • on 4/23/09 6:22 AM EST