Today is Monday, February 28, and it's a day of transition for many folks.
Mondays are a common day of transition as so many get back to school and work.
After a school break as many experienced last week, the transition is even harder.
For millions of families, the transition includes children returning to one of their parents' homes after spending a week or a long weekend with the other parent.

How do you feel on transition days?
How does your child or teen respond?

The work of transition is an emotional, psychological, and physical task that often requires a great deal of internal resources. The work is often going on inside but not so apparent on the outside.

Here are some tips to assist you and your family when approaching and managing a transition:

  • Notice that it's a transition day, which has a different set of expectations and internal resources required. Just keeping this in mind will help you remember that shifting skills and expectations are challenging.
  • Put some routines into place that you - and your family members- can depend upon to get through the day.These routines will vary according to your style and specific demands, but could include, for example, a morning series of stretches for you, a guessing game for a little child, ten minutes of snuggle time before getting out of bed for an elementary school child,preparing some hot cocoa for a tween, or for your teenager, a hug before they leave home.
  • Similarly, upon return home at end of day, incorporate a simple routine into the evening hours, such as some family "down time" before chores or homework, or that all important reading together time before bed. For teens, a predictable time when you can check in with them about their life and day, away from your own phone and computer activities, is important.
  • Ease into the week by focusing on the most important tasks on the first day of week, and letting the other household tasks take second place to providing a positive environment as much as possible.

Remember that it's so important to take care of yourself emotionally so that you can provide a balanced emotional environment for yourself and family. If that means reaching out for support, go for it!

Take care!

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