Deciding what to write for my last blog was a bit of a challenge until I was watching some children playing and realised that most of them are going to Prep next year. We have a lot in common as we’re all starting something new. I’m retiring and children are going to school. We’re all looking down the barrel of a change next year and we’ll all handle it in different ways.
I’ve had some of the same questions and feelings as I’m sure many children have or will have. What will it be like?
For me, MPC has been a big part of my working life and has a little corner of my heart. I feel absolutely blessed that Louise and Anna are taking over as Directors which will enable a very smooth transition. It will be a big change for me and I’m looking forward to it. I like change. I also have life experiences, am a realist and am very pragmatic. I know there will be both challenges and joys. I’m not ruling anything in nor anything out and I’m looking at this change with interest and curiosity.
Children have limited life experiences which is where the adults in their lives make a difference to how children transition. They don’t yet know that they will build resilience through positive transitions. Parents know their children and their usual pattern with change. This could range from jumping in with both feet to being significantly hesitant with every other response in between. Parents of the hesitant children may need to try a range of strategies to build their understanding about change, school life and ways to manage. Possibilities include:
Change is the only certainty in life so it’s worthwhile developing skills and a mindset to manage and embrace all that life brings. As we head into new challenges, let’s all Look for opportunities not constraints! (MPC philosophy)