July 25, 2014 was a blessed day as we celebrated the move to our new DIS/Second Mom campus at J. Cruz St. Barangay Ugong, Pasig City. Our ceremonial blessing was led by DIS president Joel Banal and DIS Directress Jenny Mapua-Banal, and was graced by the presence of Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, TAO Corporation President and Founder Mr. Jun Sy, Jr., The Light of Jesus Family Founder Bro. Bo Sanchez, Congressman Roman Romulo, Mayor Maribel Eusebio, and highly acclaimed singer and composer Mr. Noel Cabangon. The event could not have been complete without the presence of our DIS/Second Mom parents who have transitioned with us, and continue to grow with us through this change.
What an exciting time for all of us! Those who have visited us during the 4-month school break have seen the ongoing construction, shared our anticipation, encouraged us despite challenges, appreciated what has been accomplished, and looked forward to what is yet to unfold.
Missing our old site is natural for our students who have grown to love our home of 14 years, but we are continuously growing together, walking through the pains of leaving something familiar, and gearing towards the hope of making new memories.
Aside from moving to new locations, your children will continue to face different transitions in life. Here are some ways we can help them cope with change:
- Acknowledge their anxieties. It can be fearful and worrisome for a child to be in an unfamiliar environment, to meet new people, or to exchange old routines for new ones (even for adults!). Assure them that their fears are valid. Allow them to talk. Listen. Phrases like, “I know how scary it can be,” “I feel sad too when things change,” or “Yes, it is hard,” let them know you understand what they are dealing with. Sometimes there are no answers required. Being there for them and giving them a hug can make change less daunting.
- Stay positive. Cite new things they can look forward to. You may also give examples of changes in your life and what made them exciting for you. Have confidence that they can hurdle the change. Your positive attitude will rub off on them.
- Keep household routines. Too much change around them may be overwhelming for children. If they have a routine at home or a schedule of family activities, maintain its regularity.
- Allow them to choose. What children may find difficult about change is their lack of control over things that happen around them. Give them the ability to decide on certain things – for ex. Clothes to wear, color of their socks, books to read from your bookshelf, school snacks (as long as they’re healthy!), etc. Presenting options, especially to the little ones, may aid in their decision-making.
- Communicate with teachers. Let the teacher know if your child is going through any kind of change. This will help your child’s teacher understand classroom behavior as well as communicate more effectively with your child who is facing a challenging situation.
- Ensure proper food, enough exercise and rest. A child who lacks the right nutrients and is physically unfit will have trouble dealing with the emotional and mental stress of change. Make sure your child eats well, gets enough exercise and outdoor play, and at least 9-12 hours of sleep daily.
As our students – your children – find their way into their new classrooms, break into new routines, meet new teachers, they still find comfort in familiar faces, old friends, and the same way of inquiry-based learning that makes them highly adaptable to change.