By Eleanor Beeslaar
As you help your grandchild process his/her feelings related to the changes accompanying this new situation, it is crucial to create a stable, supportive environment. With the many changes they are experiencing, stability and structure will help your grandchild feel safe and secure. This will help them heal and will promote positive growth and development.
Here are some tips to help you create an environment that will help your grandchild thrive:
- Establish a routine. A routine will create predictability in your grandchild’s life, which can foster feelings of safety, security, and comfort. This might look like set mealtimes and bedtimes, as well as rules that help you grandchild feel more in control during a time that can feel uncertain.
- Set clear rules and enforce them consistently. Setting clear rules and enforcing them consistently will enable your grandchild to know what to expect, promoting feelings of safety and security.
- Ask for your grandchild’s input. When creating rules and setting routines, allow your grandchild to give their input when appropriate, and encourage them to help you set up their room. This will help them feel like they have some control over the situation and can help them feel more at home.
- Give your grandchild your time and attention. By offering your time and attention to your grandchild, you can promote connection and comfort, helping them feel loved and cared for. Not only will this strengthen your relationship, but it will also create consistency and help them navigate this transition successfully.
We hope the tips above will help you deepen your connection with your grandchild, while promoting safety, stability, and support!