Adapt To Change and Life Transitions
Lianne Castelino of Where Parents Talk speaks to Dr. Chris Thurber, psychologist, father of 2 and author about how parents can support their kids to adapt to change and life transitions.
Dr. Chris Thurber
Father of two
“I would say, transitions of any nature are easiest, when we follow the adage of distinguish between what you can control and what you can’t control and focus primarily on what you can. Human beings like to have a sense of agency. That’s true of newborn infants, it’s true of elderly people and everything in between, we like to feel that we have some control over our circumstances. We have experienced 16 to 18 months of lacking control in a lot of domains where we’re used to exercising control. So I think that transitions are exciting. Transitions are fun and interesting. They can also spur some anxiety. And if parents can themselves and also coach their kids to distinguish between what can you influence what can you control and what’s really out of your control.”