Change is in the air

Change – it can be exciting, terrifying, or be a cause for anxiety.  Whichever way it makes you feel, change is inevitable.

This time of year can be full of changes.  Some of us had a difficult time recovering from the change in time that daylight savings time caused last month!  I think most of us are happy that we’re officially in the spring season, which should bring an end to the frozen, slushy ground.  I don’t know about you, but the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips in my yard have already brought color to the otherwise dull landscape.  Not all change is bad!  The day-to-day change in the weather is definitely a bit confusing, though, no matter if you’re a budding tree, a hungry bunny, or a child.  It shouldn’t be able to snow one day, be 70 degrees the next, and then snow again the following day – come on Mother Nature!

Occasionally it’s time to face bigger life changes, such as a move.  That can be exciting, exhausting, stressful, emotional, and confusing.  It’s exciting to shop for such a big purchase and explore a new neighborhood.  Keeping your current home clean for any last-minute showings is exhausting!  Second-guessing your decision to uproot your family is definitely stressful and emotional.  Moving into a new house is confusing for children.  Our son’s biggest concern is that we buy a new house that has toys in it.  (I keep explaining to him that we would take all of our toys, furniture, clothes, and food if we did move!)

Depending on what future life-stage we’re discussing, our son can have very mixed emotions about changing as he grows up.  He has a fear of his baby teeth falling out and that maybe they would all fall out at once.  Changing from baby teeth to adult teeth – would his new teeth fit in his small mouth?  When he gets into Kindergarten next year, he’ll eat lunch in school with his classmates, which will be a change from this year as he currently only goes to school for half a day.  He’s excited to have more social time with his friends.

Everyone faces a loss at some point.  My brother lost their family dog in November and my grandmother passed away in January.  Both were sad changes to our family, but, for our son, they mostly prompted a lot of questions to try to understand what happens we you die.  When it comes to life’s biggest change, how do you explain it to a child?  In the end, memories can make change easier to adjust to.

I don’t always welcome change with open arms, but sometimes I instigate it!  I’m super excited for the weather to change to even warmer and sunnier days.  I’m a bit hesitant and excitedly optimistic about possibly exploring new territory over the summer.  I’m sure my son will continue to love growing older, learning new things, and changing into a school-aged youngster.  Change will happen, sometimes from out-of-the-blue.  We might not like it at first, but we all adjust to make it work best for us and our family.