Change is always tricky to manage, especially all the emotions and frustrations that come hand-in-hand with it.
Imagine if you’re not even three years old yet. That can’t be easy.
Having moved house last year, we have ended up a lot closer to a brand new nursery for Sophie and one which seems to be better set for Harry to join when he’s old enough to break free from our care.
Her old nursery, on the way towards my work, had been great for her for almost two years but had run its course and the time had come to move on.
We broke the news to Sophie sensitively. “You know Sophie, how much you’ve enjoyed your nursery? Well, your new nursery is going to be even better than the one you’ve just left. How cool is that!”
We have been very keen to stress that it’s nothing that she has done wrong or caused but rather that Mummy and Daddy have realised that the new place might suit her that little better.
To help her acclimatise, we went into the nursery a number of times before she started, introducing her to members of staff, letting her watch her soon-to-be friends play and giving her chance to explore the toys and games on offer.
Did she need it?
As soon as Sophie said her farewell to her old nursery, she was full of excitement about the new one.
“When do I go to my new nursery Mummy? How long till I start?” she would ask.
“That’s my new nursery!” she would proclaim excitedly whenever we drove past. Worried about change? No chance. Unlike adults, Sophie was not in the least bit scared of the unknown and she could not wait to get her teeth stuck into something new. To be honest, it was really refreshing to see.
Since she started there a couple of weeks ago, we’ve learned a few things about her. First of all, she’s not quite independent enough with the toilet training to take herself off to it without being reminded. Secondly, she’s completely content to go without a nap (uh oh) and thirdly she couldn’t care less what people’s names are – as long as they play with her, she will go with it. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve asked her who she has been friendly with that day and she’s said, “I don’t know their names.”
As for change then, well for all us nervous adults who can’t cope with new beginnings, there’s a lesson to be learned. Look on a fresh start with a different perspective, even through the eyes of a toddler. It’s the start of a new adventure – revel in it.