Monday, July 30, 2012

How Do we Help Children Become More Adaptable to an Ever-Changing World?

Resilient teams navigate through change and transition with more ease. We often learn our responses and reactions to change at a young age, and carry those coping skills, whether they be healthy or not, with us through life into our professional world.
I am delighted to have guest blog post today from my dear friend Sheri Fink.  Change in the workplace is something that is consistent and that you can count of for sure. Many organizations and corporate clients tell me that leading teams through change, dealing with the reactions to change and communicating during change are their most trying moments. My friend Sheri wrote a wonderful children's book (The Little Gnome) which I love, it talks about change and I felt it would be refreshing to consider change through a different perspective. Thank you Sheri for sharing this one.

How Do we Help Children Become More Adaptable to an Ever-Changing World?

By Sheri Fink

Adapting to change can be challenging for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for young children. As children, much of our lives is changing, and mostly outside the control of our control. From moving; starting new schools; meeting new people and making friends; starting sports, troops, and teams; to marriage; divorce; new siblings; and more, children consistently experience change. How do we help them become more adaptable to an ever-changing world?

Modeling strong adaptability helps instill confidence in children that they can weather any change. Demonstrating how to look for the good in change and having an optimistic perspective can be beneficial. In my children’s book, The Little Gnome, the main character arrives in a beautiful garden in the Summer and is happy with his environment.

When the seasons start to change, the Little Gnome experiences these changes for the first time and doesn’t know how to interpret them. When his friend, Goose, returns in the Spring and explains the cycles of nature, the Little Gnome is able to remember something positive from every season. The story helps children discover how to embrace the good in every change while learning about the four seasons.

Sheri says "My hope is that The Little Gnome book will inspire and delight children while planting seeds of self-esteem that can have lifelong benefit. The Little Gnome is available in hardcover and Kindle edition on ("


Sheri Fink is a #1 best-selling children’s author and an international speaker. Sheri’s first children’s book, The Little Rose, is an enchanting story about a rose growing in a weedbed who learns to accept and love herself despite her differences. Published in March 2011, The Little Rose has been a #1 best-seller on Amazon for over 45 weeks and is being adapted into a play. Her second inspirational children’s book, The Little Gnome, helps children learn to look for the good in change and debuted at #1 on the Amazon best-seller list in March 2012.

In 2011, Sheri was selected as one of the top “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.” She is featured in several inspirational non-fiction books, including two international best-sellers, Self-Esteem Doesn’t Come in a Bottle by Kelly Falardeau, and Dare to Dream: This Life Counts by Debbi Dachinger. Sheri is a proud supporter of organizations that make a difference in the lives of children, especially Reading Is Fundamental and the Girl Scouts of America.

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Other books on Change that I love and recommend are:


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