Life changes, sometimes even when you aren't ready, but when it does how do you help your kids through it?
FOX's Lisa Brady discusses in "FOX on Family":
Big changes in the status quo, a birth or death in the family or moving for instance can be like an emotional earthquake, especially for children:
(Lozano) "You know there's always a positive out of every circumstances."
So behavior therapist Rusty Lozano says try to keep kids focused on the positives:
(Lozano) "It goes back to the whole concept of trying to make lemonade out of lemons."
Though he also says be careful not to over-sell the change, or plant any negative seeds:
(Lozano) "'I know you'll miss your friends, but it's going to be a great thing.'"
Instead, reassure them the family is still in it together. But what if the change is divorce or death?
Lozano says decide on the appropriate amount of information, then level with your kids and show them your human:
(Lozano) "You don't have to be afraid of being genuine and expressing like hurt and pain and loss and fear."
Because big changes can be once in a lifetime learning opportunities, but if you notice possible problems with transition, changes in weight, appetite or behavior, he says don't be afraid to get help.
With FOX on Family, I'm Lisa Brady.