Blog Post: Embrace Connection

How to Embrace Connection: Building Trust During Fall

  • October 3rd, 2023
  • By Pathway Caring for Children

As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, fall presents the perfect opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with their children in meaningful ways. The season’s cozy ambiance, rich traditions, and unique activities provide a backdrop for creating lasting memories and deepening your relationship. Here are some cozy tips for building trust and connection with children during the fall season:

Establish Predictable Routines: Children often benefit from routines. With the start of the fall season, create a predictable daily schedule that includes school, meals, playtime, and bedtime. Consistency helps build a sense of safety and security.

Embrace Seasonal Activities: Engage in seasonal activities together, like apple picking, pumpkin carving, or nature walks. These outings provide opportunities for bonding and can be therapeutic for children as they connect with the natural world.

Transition Planning: Communicate any upcoming transitions clearly and in advance. Whether it’s a change in routines, school schedules, or holiday plans, prepare the child for what to expect and reassure them that you’ll be there to support them.

Emotional Connection: Be attuned to the child’s emotions, especially during seasonal transitions. Fall can bring about feelings of excitement or anxiety with new school years or holidays approaching.

Safety During Halloween: Halloween can be overwhelming for some children. Discuss costume choices and allow them to pick something comfortable and non-threatening. Talk about the plan for trick-or-treating and ensure they feel safe.

Comfort Items: As the weather gets colder, ensure the child has access to their comfort items, such as a cozy blanket or stuffed animal. These items can provide a sense of security during seasonal changes.

Connection Through Cooking: Fall is a great time for cooking and baking together. Involve the child in meal preparation, which not only builds life skills but also fosters a sense of belonging and accomplishment.

Sensory Regulation: Be mindful of sensory sensitivities. For some children, fall can bring sensory challenges like cold weather, wet leaves, or scratchy clothing. Pay attention to their sensory needs and provide sensory-friendly options.

Caring for Mental Health: Keep an eye on the child’s mental health during seasonal transitions. If they have a history of trauma, certain seasons may trigger memories or emotions. Ensure they have access to appropriate therapeutic support if needed.

Celebrate Progress: Recognize and celebrate any progress or milestones the child achieves, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement and encouragement can help build their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Remember: trust and connection are built over time. Be patient and flexible in your approach, and always prioritize the child’s emotional well-being and sense of safety during the fall season and throughout the year.

At Pathway, we are sensitive to the fact that many of our clients have experienced some type of traumatic event in their lives and changes to their mental health. We understand the strong impact trauma has on a person’s physical, emotional, mental, and social experiences. Our professional team of Trauma-Certified therapists and social workers use specialized approaches to promote open communication and to help develop healthy coping skills through confidential counseling services. MORE INFO: