If you’re a parent, one of the most important things you can do is to teach your kids about change. You aren’t doing them any favors by insulating them from this inevitable part of life.
During a speaking engagement at Amazon.com, I was asked, "how much does our fear of change have to do with the negative connotation of the word change?" I immediately thought of the tendency in this country to keep kids going to the same school, living in the same house, eating the same foods, etc. By protecting your children from change, you’re actually teaching them to avoid it, and ultimately, to fear it.
I’ve met people who say they don’t want to move because they don’t want to take their kids out of school, but it’s the parents who are scared. Kids aren’t as fragile as you think. They’re actually very good at handling change, provided they’re allowed to experience it.
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