Helping your grandchild cope

There are some steps you can take to help your grandchild adjust to the changes.These include:

• Offer plenty of love and support. Being with people they love and trust helps children feel safe.

• Follow a routine. Change can be very upsetting for young children; if they know what to expect each day they will feel more in control of their life.

• Help your grandchilden express their feelings.Young children often lack the words to describe how they feel and may need your help learning how to put their feelings into words.

• Encourage friendships with peers and siblings.

• Assign chores so the child will feel helpful.

• Seek out supportive teachers at school.

• Try to ensure a stable school setting.

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