Moving is a hard transition at any time, but it can be much more so if you have children in school when you are moving. Going to a new school and leaving your friends is a very daunting thought for a child, which means that they can take the news of the move quite hard. If you are moving in the middle of the school year it can be very difficult for your child, they not only have to adjust to new classmates and teachers, but a different curriculum as well. Here are some tips to help your child adjust as you are moving, including settling them in their new school.
Talking to your child: Prepare your child for the move and the transition to a new school far in advance. Each child will react differently to the news, with some being very vocal and angry, while others may become more reserved as they absorb the news. Make sure you talk through each child’s worries and concerns. While younger children will quickly adjust to the news, teenagers will be much harder to win over.
Find activities for your child to be involved in: If you are moving to a school district that lacks the activities that your child enjoyed at their old school, try to find an alternative such as a community league, an arts program, or church activities. This can help your child develop friendships in your new town with children that have similar interests. Encourage your child to join local clubs or sign them up for classes through your community center to make help them make new friends as they develop new skills and make ties to your new community.
Ask your child’s teachers how they are doing in school: Your child’s teachers and administrators see your child every day and will be able to tell you how they are adjusting to the move in the school setting. Use their eyes and ears as a gauge to tell you how your child is doing, since children, especially teens, may put on an act for their parents as not to concern them.
A little effort can go a long way in getting your child settled and active in their new school and community. Ask your realtor for lists of community centers, art and music schools, sports leagues and other activities in your new community.
For an experienced realtor in the Raleigh, NC area, contact Brian Wolborsky at 919-427-9508.
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