Accepting change in the new normal
It seems like every day we get more information that changes the way we operate in this new normal. We want to make plans and promises and give our kids the routine and stability that they need. Unfortunately, new information or lack of information is keeping us from making those plans and keeping those promises. To better acclimate your child to our new way of life, here are some things that you can do to help your child better adapt:
Stay positive, even when you don’t want to. Your child will watch your reactions to news and events and they will base their feelings on yours. When you get information about the new rules at camp or school, be positive when you tell them. Hearing you complain or expressing your frustration is setting them up for failure before they have even arrived.
Practice! If camp or school requires masks or handwashing, make sure your child knows how to do this. Their counselors and teachers will be busy and may not have time to teach these skills.
The goal is the set your child up for success — even if you do not agree with the rules or are feeling overwhelmed yourself. Let them see you cheering them on and they will automatically start out ahead.
Patrice Carroll, Latham Centers’ Director of PWS Services, is world-renowned for her Prader-Willi syndrome expertise. She works with Latham students and residents, their families, and other experts, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. If you have PWS-related questions, we invite you to email TipTopics@LathamCenters.org.