Session 3/19Page 3/6: Topic introduction: Topic A and Topic B
Topic A: Containment and patience in the transition period
Topic B: Avoid separating from the child and create secure daily routines
It is not a good idea to make a lot of activities, holiday trips and inviting friends or family in the start – this will make it more difficult for the child to adjust. Try to have many days where you are together alone much of the time and just do everyday things together before you involve others.
In the transition period the child needs to learn the daily routines in the family. This is a very helpful way of getting the child out of a chaotic state: Repeat the same things every day at the same time! For example reading the same bedtime story many times can be a very good way of showing that your home offers a stable frame to live in. For older children, doing the same chores and activities every day can be soothing. Think of what traditions and little activities you can create in everyday life to create a predictable world for the child.