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Change Doesn't Have to be Chaos

Change Doesn’t Have to be Chaos

CHANGE RELISIANCE QUIZ. CHANGE EMOTION ROLLER COASTERCHANGE MASTERY PLAN

By Amanda Mawhinney

By Amanda Mawhinney

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Copyright ©2016 by Amanda Mawhinney

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1- Obstacles to Change 7

Chapter 2- How Does Your Family Deal with Change? 9

Chapter 3- Change Resilience Quiz 11

Chapter 4- Types of Change 16

Chapter 5- Change with Children versus Adults 18

Chapter 6- Change with Pets 19

Chapter 7- 4 Keys to Successful Change 21

Your Change Plan 22

Chapter 8- In the Midst of a Change 23

Change Restoration Plan 24

Chapter 9- Embracing Change 26

Frugal Family Fun 30

About the Author 31

[]Introduction

What is Change?

Change is anything that is different than the way it was before.

Small changes are things that make minor differences in your life, but don’t affect the core structure of your life. Maybe for you this is moving from summer to the school season, trying a new diet, or spending your free time doing a new hobby. They may make your daily routine different, but they do not influence the aspects of your life that help you to define who you are.

Big changes affect the core structure of your life. These are the things that are earthshattering when they change. Some examples are moving, divorce, a new baby, a death in the family, a new school or a new job. These are changes to the structure of your family or changes to your basic needs like housing or having money for food and clothing.

Positive changes are something that you look forward to with excitement. These are things that you generally believe will benefit your life even if you don’t know everything that will be involved in the change. Examples of positive changes are having a new baby, starting a new job, new relationships or going on a vacation.

Negative changes make you feel dread and defiance. These changes are ones that you definitely don’t want to happen, but are going to happen anyways. These are usually out of your control or you wouldn’t be letting the change happen. Examples of negative changes are the end of a relationship, going to a new school, or being fired or laid-off from a job.

Why is learning to deal with change important?

Dealing with change is important because all types of change- big and small, positive and negative can be stressful. There is a difference in your life and it is going to take time to adapt and transition to your new way of life. Everyone is different, has different abilities to deal with change and have different amounts of change in their lives.

It may not be a big deal if you move around the furniture in your child’s bedroom but it will definitely be a huge deal to them if you move that furniture to a different house. Another person may experience a high level of stress if the ketchup is placed in a new spot in the refrigerator. Someone else may have no problem dealing with a changing work environment, but be at a total loss on how to prepare for the change of a new baby at home.

I have trained hundreds of individuals on understanding change, planning for change, dealing with change and transitioning through change. This book will help you to understand change so that you can introduce it to your family in the easiest manner possible. Instead of the next big change in your life being a harrowing experience, this book will help your spouse, children, grandparents, pets etc., make the transition more easily. If you are already in the middle of a big change, use this information to help your family’s change go more smoothly.

[] Chapter 1- Obstacles to Change

Change is hard! A lot of people don’t like large changes and are scared of them. Changes can create feelings of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, resistance and frustration. During a change you may hear your family members say things such as: “This is so hard!”, “Why can’t we go back to the way things were?”, “It won’t work” and “I can’t do it”. People resist change for a multitude of reasons. We are going to discuss a few common ones to help you understand what your family members may be thinking and feeling.

Fear

Fear is probably the largest obstacle of change. People fear the unknown because they don’t understand how it will affect them. They may not know why the change is occurring and they feel powerless to stop it. Fear, or a lesser form of fear such as apprehension, can be found even with good changes. A soon-to-be father may be experiencing fear because he doesn’t know if he will be up to caring for the new little one. A new position at work may produce fear simply because you don’t have experience doing those exact duties.

Communication

Another obstacle is not having a clearly communicated goal or improvement from the change. Your family won’t understand why you want them to change just for the sake of change. They may be wondering “Why do I have to change?”, “What does this change mean for me?” or “How will this change benefit me?”. An example of this is when a parent gets a new job causing a move. A child may not care about an increase in job responsibilities. They don’t see any benefit to moving and only lots of hardships such as leaving behind their friends, school and house.

Planning

Not having a well- formulated plan can create unnecessary hardships during a change. Family members may be left wondering: “How is this all going to turn out?” or “How are we going to make the change happen?”. A solid plan can make the difference between your change being a failure or a success. The change will still be hard and will have initial resistance; but, a well formulated plan allows the whole family to adapt and embrace the change sooner.

[] Chapter 2- How Does Your Family Deal with Change?

When change is introduced into a group the emotions of that group generally follow the same roller coaster pattern. Initially people are feeling outraged by the change. Over time they generally begin to accept the change, and eventually they begin to embrace the change as the new norm. Below is a famous diagram of the emotions people experience when going through change (the Kübler-Ross Change Curve) to help you visualize the rollercoaster that your family goes on any time you introduce a significant change. Below is a chart that shows how a persons emotions typically change over time after a major change is introduced.

Every person will experience a change slightly differently. Some may skip some of these steps and others will spend long periods of time in a single stage of the change curve. Each step can take anywhere from minutes to years depending on the severity of the change and how well it is managed.

Whenever a substantial change is introduced, someone’s first reaction is rejection. They start out screaming things such as “AHHHH, this will never work!”, “I don’t like it!” and “I’m happy the way things are… the change will make things worse!”. They experience shock and are surprised by the announcement and not sure what to do or think about the change. Then ,they experience denial or disbelief where they start looking for evidence that it is not true or won’t really happen.

Resistance is felt early-on when the change is first starting to take place or is being planned. . At first they may experience grief and feel a loss of the way things were. Then they may begin to feel anger and frustration when they recognize that things are going to be different whether they want them to be or not. They may put up some physical resistance by trying to make the change more difficult and may say things like, “I don’t want to”. There may be some signs of depression such as a low mood and low energy, but luckily it should only be temporary.

Then, people start to feel acceptance for a change. They are willing to give it a try and start exploring how the change will work and how it will affect them. They will start to feel better about the change and will start trying out the new way.

Finally, people begin to feel a commitment to the change. They begin to feel hope that maybe this change will work. They begin to be engaged with the change, where they are happy and willing to start making improvements and work with new situation.

Think about a past major change in your life. Do you feel that you generally followed this pattern? Is your family currently going through a change? Where are your family members currently on the roller-coaster curve?

What does the change curve mean to you?

You might have the best intentions and the best plan in place, but it still might not be taken well by your family members at first. This is a normal process that people go through when they experience change and understanding it allows you to prepare for it. Just because your family members are upset at first does not mean that the change isn’t going to work or that it was a bad decision. People just take time to adapt. A well-formulated change plan takes into account the fact that people need time to transition to a change and helps them to move through the stages more easily.

When I had my first daughter my husband and I decided that I would quit my full-time job in Human Resources in order to stay at home with her. It was a change that I chose and was excited for, but I still went through the change-curve as I transitioned to my new circumstances. At first when I was home, I felt like I was “playing hooky” and I should be getting up every morning and going somewhere. When it sunk in that I wasn’t going back to work I started to doubt my decision. Would it be really hard to break back into the workforce after staying home for a bunch of years? Would we continue to have enough income on one paycheck? Then I started to miss my job and became a bit depressed from staying home every day. The most important task I accomplished for the day was feeding a very needy infant who wasn’t cooperating with breastfeeding at all.

Gradually I began to get out of the house where I was able to meet and talk with other moms. I realized that I wasn’t alone and I was doing a very hard and important job in my home. I became more secure with telling people that I was a stay-at-home mom and began to feel confirmed that I had made the right choice in staying home with my daughter. Eventually I became very active in a local Mother’s of Preschoolers (MOPS) group and began to have regular play-dates with our kids. I began to treasure the fact that I was there to see every milestone and “aha” moment. Long before we had our second daughter I stopped questioning if I should be working and started to enjoy more of my time as a stay-at-home mom.

[] Chapter 3- Change Resilience Quiz

How does change affect your specific family?

Everyone has a different level of change hardiness. Some people can deal with large changes with no problem and others have a hard time with small changes. Your resilience can also change over time. When my husband and I moved into our first apartment it was an exciting time. Unpacking boxes and learning a new area felt like an adventure. When we moved to a new house with two young kids and a dog it became one of the most stressful times of my life. We moved to a new area, we had a death in the family and my husband started a new job. I was the same person, but my change resilience was extremely lower in that second move.

Your change resilience is determined by your personality, your life stage and how much else is going on in your life. How well do you believe that you personally deal with change? How change resilient are your family members?

Take the following change resilience quiz to help you figure out how well you deal with changes. You can also have your family members take the quiz to see who may need a bit more help for the next change that your family comes across. When taking this quiz, take it where you are in life right now. Not where you were 6 months ago --- before X, Y and Z happened --- and not where you think you will be in a year from now when things settle down again.

Change Resilience Quiz

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p<>{color:#000;}. Set in your ways

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p<>{color:#000;}. A free spirit

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep something old and comfortable

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p<>{color:#000;}. Get something new

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p<>{color:#000;}. What is your normal day like?

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p<>{color:#000;}. I keep to a normal routine or schedule

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p<>{color:#000;}. Every day I wing it

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p<>{color:#000;}. When someone announces a major change do you feel:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Anxiety

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p<>{color:#000;}. Anticipation

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p<>{color:#000;}. Is your house or workspace…

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p<>{color:#000;}. Organized, everything has a place

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p<>{color:#000;}. A good environment for me, but others have a hard time understanding how I find things

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do you decide to do things

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p<>{color:#000;}. If it fits on the calendar

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spontaneously

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do you think of yourself as

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p<>{color:#000;}. Detail oriented

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p<>{color:#000;}. Creative

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p<>{color:#000;}. When you know that a major change is coming in your life do you:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Dread it

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p<>{color:#000;}. Get excited

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always the same

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p<>{color:#000;}. Exciting and stimulating

Once you have completed the quiz, add up you’re A’s and B’s.

A’s:

B’s:

If you have more B’s:

You are more change hardy. Your ability to go with the flow makes it easier to adjust to change. Small changes are not problems for you. Large changes are still hard, but you can usually adapt easy enough. You may implement a lot of changes in your family fairly often. You will probably fly through the change curve and start to get excited and engaged when a new change comes along.

If you have more A’s:

You are less change resilient. Small changes may bother you and you prefer to stay in a stable calm environment. When big changes occur, you sometimes feel like you want to run and hide. You probably try to keep changes in your family to a minimum. You will probably go through the change curve more slowly and take time to process each stage of the change curve.

What can you do if you aren’t change resilient?

Even if you or a family member got more A’s than B’s on the quiz, that does not mean that there isn’t hope when it comes to changes. It might just mean that you need to take changes a bit slower or maybe break-down a change into a series of smaller changes to implement one-at-a-time. The less change resilient you are, the more important it is to start out with a strong change plan.

[] Chapter 4- Types of Change

Here are a few of the major changes families deal with and how you can deal with them specifically. Figure out which category your change fits into. Remember: even a good change can be a stressful change.

Celebratory change

This is a good change that everyone involved wants to happen. Some examples are a new house, a new family member, or a new job. This can also be a milestone that is generally encouraged and strived for, such a teenager getting a driver’s license, going off to college, or an adult getting a new hobby.

To move through celebratory changes, it is important to focus on the positive. It may be sad to see a child grow up. It might make someone nervous to have their first baby or first mortgage. Think about why you wanted this change in the first place or how it will benefit your family in the long run.

Mourning change

This is a negative change that everyone involved generally doesn’t want to happen, but it is happening anyways. This may be the loss of a family member through death, divorce or a fight. It can be the loss of job or something that helps you to define yourself. It may be that a health problem arises and you are morning your health or youth.

To deal with a mourning change you need go through the stages of grief and take a lot of time to process the change. Similar to the previously discussed change curve, the Kübler- Ross grief cycle is also a roller-coaster ride of emotions. You start out with denial or confusion, move to anger or anxiety and then depression or hopelessness. On your way back up the roller-coaster, you begin to bargain and tell your story. Finally you find acceptance and are able to moving-on. Make sure that you have a lot of emotional support and prayer as you go through a mourning change and seek counseling if you feel that you can’t move on to the acceptance stage.

Alteration Changes

Some changes are neither good nor bad, but stressful because your life is different. This may be a change in your supervisor or a different schedule. Transitioning back and forth from the summer to the school year or your slow season to your busy season at work can be stressful. A new work-flow is not necessarily good or bad, but it is a change and may be stressful simply because you haven’t done it that way before.

To deal with alteration changes you need to give yourself time to adapt. It may take a few weeks before your body catches up with a new bedtime. You may forget to write the current year on paperwork after the “New Year” has occurred. You just need to be consistent and give yourself a bit of grace.

[] Chapter 5- Change with Children versus Adults

Implementing a change can vary depending on who is going through the change and who is affected by the change. Everyone goes through similar emotions when introduced to a change and everyone has their own unique resilience when it comes to change. In some areas, the children and adults in a family react differently when introduced to a change.

Children

Children may not be able to understand or express how they feel about the change. Depending on your child’s personality or age they may act-out by not listening, doing poorly in school, or by being destructive, aggressive, withdrawn. They may start to have trouble sleeping through the night and have night terrors or begin to sleepwalk. They may regress a bit in their behavior. If you have a child who has recently been toilet-trained, they may begin to have accidents again.

To help children through a change, make sure they thoroughly understand the change and what it will mean for them. Give them something positive to look forward to and see if they have any ideas on how to make the change easier for them.

Adults

Adults may be able to articulate how they feel better than children, but that doesn’t mean that they always show their best side when going through a big change. (Fortunately, they don’t often regress in their potty-training!) Think about the last change you went through. I know that when I am focused on something big that is changing in my family I sometimes get stressed, cranky and even sometimes “snap” at my husband or our kids.

Adults may act extra irritable and cranky and may suffer from anxiety or depression. They may find themselves in more arguments and less able to compromise. Adults may find themselves going to their “crutch” that makes them feel good. Some examples are chocolate, shopping, cigarette-smoking or alcohol.

To help adults manage a major change, get them involved in the planning and implementing of the change. Make sure that they agree to the change if it is something that you have decided. Try to think about the benefits of the change and make sure that they know exactly what is in it for them.

[] Chapter 6- Change with Pets

Pets have just as hard of a time adjusting to change as humans, and sometimes they do worse. They may act up when a change occurs by using your house as their personal toilet, being destructive or not listening to your commands. You may not be able to sit down and discuss a change with your pet, but you can still help them through a change by introducing them and transitioning them through a change slowly.

A new pet may have to adjust to the change of living with you. This is rough because the pet hasn’t built up trust yet. Try to act and speak calmly, gently and pleasantly to the pet. Eventually you will win them over and they will become your best friend. Try not to give a pet as a present on Christmas morning or at a birthday party where there will be lots of loud excitement and stimulation. That will scare your pet and make it that much harder to build a trusting relationship with them.

If you have a pet that you are trying to transition to a new food try to do it incrementally. You can make a mixture of old food and new food. Each week slowly change the ratio so that you start out with 100% old food and finish with 100% new food. If you are moving to a new home you can have your pet visit the house with you a few times before you officially move. When you move, set up their area first so that they have a safe place to retreat.

If you are having a new baby, make sure to continue giving your pet lots of attention. Even if you are more focused on thinking about the baby, your pet will do better if they don’t think they are being “ousted”. Set up baby swings and cribs ahead of time so that your pet can get used to them. While you are in the hospital, have your pet-sitter introduce a blanket with the baby’s scent on it. When introducing a new family member to a pet, have their favorite person give them lots of attention while someone else holds the baby. Give your pet a treat so that they associate good things with the baby. Never leave a baby alone with a pet to ensure that no one gets hurt. This is especially important when they are just starting to get to know each other.

[] Chapter 7- 4 Keys to Successful Change

So how do you implement a successful change? The 4 key points that follow are some of the most important tips and tools to keep in mind when trying to implement a successful change in your family.

Go slowly

You want a smooth transition from one way of doing things to another. In order to do this, try to break a change down into small steps when possible. Keep everything else consistent as you can and as long as you can. Don’t try to do multiple changes at once if you can help it. Try to focus on one at a time until everyone is adjusted and then move onto the next change. Sometimes life doesn’t give you the option to go slowly, but give it your best shot.

An example is if your family is going to make a major overhaul of their diet. Instead of just announcing “Hey here’s what you’re going to eat now”, build your family up to that. Teach them about healthy and unhealthy foods. Get them involved with grocery shopping and planting a garden. Don’t try and add other major changes like toilet-training to your children while you are trying to make a diet change because it will be too much change. If you want to toilet-train and change your family’s diet, choose one to work with first. After your family is comfortable with that change then you can start do implement the next change. If you try to do too much at once you will encounter more resistance and you will have a lot less success when trying to get your family to accept that change.

Communicate often

Communication is crucial to making a change a success because everyone feels like they are part of the change as a family-team and aren’t going to be caught by surprise. Keep everyone informed of developments leading up to and as you are transitioning through a change. If there are no updates, you should still let everyone in your family know that there aren’t any updates, so that they don’t feel like you are hiding things from them or keeping them out-of-the-loop.

Acknowledge feelings

Understand that change causes stress. No matter how small a change is or how much a change will do your family good in the long run doesn’t matter. For more significant changes, keep an eye out for signs of depression and feelings of loss and frustration. Regularly ask how each family member is feeling and what they think about the change. Review the roller-coaster of emotions that your family is experiencing in Chapter 2 for a better idea of how your family feels during a major change. Think about the results from the Change Resilience Quiz in Chapter 3 to see how well your family will likely be adapting through a change.

Create a change plan

Think about what will change, how it will change and when it will change. Figure out how the change will affect each person involved. Think about how each person is likely to react to the change. Fill out the following change plan to help you in creating your plan for the next change in your family.

[] Your Change Plan

What is the change?

Why is the change occurring?

When will the change go into effect?

Who will the change effect?

How will they likely react to the change?

How can I introduce the change?

What benefits will come from the change?

How are you going to implement the change?

What small steps can I break the change into?

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[] Chapter 8- In the Midst of a Change

Maybe you are reading this book because you are “smack-in-the-middle” of a major life change and it really isn’t going so well. Maybe a change caught you by surprise. A lot of the time we can’t prepare for life’s unexpected curveballs.

If you have a very large change coming, you might want to include the following change restoration plan into your initial change plan. If it is too late to start a change plan at the beginning, you can use the change restoration plan to salvage the rest of your change process and hopefully get the process to continue on a bit smoother.

All families and changes are different, so first of all think about what has gone well so far with your change that you can replicate. Think about what hasn’t gone well with your change so far so you can try to avoid doing it in the future. With the help of this book you can hopefully plan better for the next change. If you don’t see a change coming or if your change plan isn’t working as well as you hoped, you can use the following change restoration plan to “tune-up” your change process.

[] Change Restoration Plan

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Sit down with everyone involved in the change and have a family meeting. Start the meeting by telling everyone that you know the recent change has been hard and you want to talk about it. Reiterate why the change is occurring. Tell everyone that you are trying to create a safe environment. That means that even if you are upset, everyone needs to think of polite ways to talk about how they are feeling. Your family is allowed to act upset, but if tempers get too out of control, you may want to adjourn your meeting until a bit later.

During the meeting ask how everyone feels about the change. If necessary, restate why the change is occurring and have your family come up with a list of potential benefits that the change will have. Your main goal with the family meeting is to open up communication about the change.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Understand your change

Show your family the change roller coaster and discuss how it is normal to have a hard time with any change. Talk about a previous change that they had gone through, and how after a transition period, their life returned to a state of normalcy. Talk about where each family member is on the rollercoaster of emotions and how it’s ok that different people move through the curve at different speeds.

Have each family member take the Change Resilience Quiz to see how well they likely deal with change. Be understanding if a family member might have a bit more difficulty with change. Discuss baby steps that you can take together towards the end of the change. The main goal of understanding change is to help them move from resisting the change to accepting the change.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Getting everyone involved

The last step is to get everyone involved in the change. Have each family member think of ways that they can improve the change or help move towards the end goal of “feeling okay” after the change. You can have them do online research to see how other families have dealt with that specific change. You can get books at the library that deal with your specific change. Your family members can write in a journal or create a fictitious story of the change. Younger children may even want to use dolls to act out a family going through a similar change. The main goal of getting everyone involved with the change and working through the change is to move the whole family from finally accepting to fully participating in the change.

[] Chapter 9- Embracing Change

Change is a normal process that will happen in all aspects of your life over and over again. We can’t escape it so we might as well embrace it. We can let changes happen to us, or when we see a “change on the horizon” we can take control. Change is but one heartbeat away from another change. Even if we don’t always enjoy change, it is important and in the long run, can be good for us.

Over my life I have had many hurts and disappointments as well as joys and accomplishments. All together they have made me the person that I am today. If I think back to the person I was even a decade ago I can’t help but think how naïve and boring that person was. That version of me was good for that time in my life, but I’m glad I have matured and grown into the person I am today. Change can be traumatic and scary, but like a roller-coaster, you get back in line again because you like how it feels in the end.

I hope you learned a lot about how you and your family can deal with change. Remember the keys to a successful change and how you can prepare for life’s upcoming changes with a change plan when possible. When life’s changes catch you by surprise, utilize the change restoration plan.

Thank you for taking time to read “How to Navigate Life’s Changes for Success”. If you enjoyed it, please consider telling your friends or posting a short review. Word of mouth is an author’s best friend and much appreciated. Thank you, Amanda Mawhinney.

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Change Doesn't Have to be Chaos

Change is messy, scary and unpleasant. Wouldn’t you like a guide to help you through the next big change happening in your life? Is your family going through a change like a new routine or schedule? Are you dealing with major life events like moving, marriage, divorce, new family member, loss of a family member, new job, loss of a job, or health issues? Learn how to deal with and manage these changes in your family to make the smoothest transitions possible. Have each family member take a short change resilience quiz to see how well they will likely deal with a change. Utilize the change roller coaster to help with identifying and understanding emotions. Create and implement a change plan to take charge of your specific changes instead of just going along for the ride. This book is written for families who want to help their spouse and children deal with life’s hurdles as seamlessly as possible. Download your free copy now to be in control of the next change in your life.

  • ISBN: 9781311903129
  • Author: Amanda Mawhinney
  • Published: 2016-05-12 19:05:10
  • Words: 5995
Change Doesn't Have to be Chaos Change Doesn't Have to be Chaos