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Change and Predictability

  • Posted on June 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Sometimes we know the change is coming. We can plan. I’m big on planning. We can foreshadow. The boys are big on foreshadowing. This is something we can handle.

Sometimes we don’t know the change is coming. Sometimes it just hits. No plan. No foreshadowing. Mark used to describe these situations as duck-and-cover moments.

Lately, we’ve experienced a lot of slow, known changes. Gentle shifts are easy to handle. Some of these are cyclic. The boys like those best.

For example, on school nights Willy usually only gets one reading or it takes too long to get him to bed. On non-school nights Willy gets two or more readings. This helps him to adjust to the change in his routine, because there is a predictable shift in the routine itself.

This is the last week of school for the boys. It’s a predictable change. We are foreshadowing. We are adjusting our plans. And we are building predictable shifts into the changing routines. The boys seem to be looking forward to the end of school. Their routines are shifting and changing, but the predictability of it is familiar and comfortable.

This too is a skill to be cherished.