Some common Transitions 0-19 years and the benefit of positive relationship may have:
• Babies weaning: Young children may not like the texture or taste of other foods and may lose weight if weaning attempts to replace a milk diet too early. Children may begin to have disturbed sleep patterns, be more irritable whilst awake and less motivated to try new foods.
Supportive relationships help to overcome the anxiety during these times with use of a soothing, calm voice, reassurance through eye contact, physical contact to comfort, play ideas that help distract tension and diffuse worry, or maybe anger at facing another unwanted episode of food tasting. Motivate trying new foods by showing how you taste them first and what impact that has - facial expression yum, where this is hesitant try a tongue tip & touch approach to a new food, have knowledge of baby led weaning and the benefits this has for self-motivated experimentation with foods, tastes, flavours, textures that are set solely at the child's own pace.
• Loss of a comforter: The transition between having a soother, dummy or pacifier and not having one can be quite traumatic. Supportive relationships will understand that what a child has come to rely on for reassurance and comfort to assist sleep and achieve calm may well be gone.
• Move from crawling to walking - this transition sees children reach new perspectives on their lives, viewing the world around them from an independently upright position. They can obtain items with greater ease, move with increasing speed.
Supportive relationships will ensure children explore their environment safely with interest and enjoyment.
• Move from cot to bed - a child may feel insecure with new sleeping arrangements, may have disturbed sleep patterns, wake more or less frequently, be happier or more withdrawn / tired / aggressive / upset at leaving parents during the day. They may react negatively when they realise bed is the next part of their day and...