Leo the Leaf: A fall story about change for your kids


Fall always reminds me of the beauty of change. Changing leaves, changing seasons and changing temperatures breathe new life into a world scorched by the harshness of late summer. Of course that’s a little too deep when you are trying to convince a young child that change is a good thing. “How about something different than mac-n-cheese for supper?” “No!” “We’re moving and you get to change schools this year, isn’t that great?” “No!” “Mom got a new job. You’ll be staying in the after-school program.” “No!” It’s tough for children to deal with change. Adults don’t like it that much, either. So, if you have some big changes in your life that your little one is struggling to get through, here’s a story about a leaf named Leo who can relate. He had no idea that dreaded change would bring him the greatest adventure of his life! Maybe Leo can help you talk about the benefits of life’s changes with your favorite kid.     Leo turns a new leaf Leo the Leaf does not like change. He sits atop the highest branch in the maple tree, surrounded by leaves who . . . . . . are bright green. . . . flutter gently in the wind. . . . and hold fast to the tree. Nothing much changes and Leo is happy. *** From his tip-top perch, Leo sees the same view each day . . . . . . the sun rises and sets. . . . birds fly by. . . . and The Family’s children play in the yard below. Nothing much changes and Leo is happy. *** Until one day Leo notices some things are different. He . . . . . . turns from green to yellow to orange to RED! . . . flutters even more as the wind blows harder. . . . and finds it difficult to hold onto the limb. Things are changing and Leo is NOT happy. *** Leo’s view begins to look a little different . . . . . . the sun sets much earlier in the day. . . . more and more birds start flying in one direction. . . . and The Family’s children begin wearing coats and hats. Things are changing and Leo is NOT happy. *** Soon the wind blows Leo out of his tree . . . oh no! … Read More