As adults, we know that change is a part of life. We’ve been around long enough to develop some skills to manage change and even enjoy it.
But it’s different for kids. Children like a routine and familiar faces and places, and they’re still learning to roll with the punches. That’s why moving can be tough on kids—especially a move to a new school.
Whether you’re moving a few blocks or across the country, there are a lot of changes for a child to absorb: an unfamiliar house, a new bedroom, new friends and neighbors, and all different teachers, classmates, and school facilities. Parents can ease the transition to a new school, though, and within a few weeks your kids will be up and running with the new routine.
Here are a few tips to help you introduce your child to a new school.
Take a Tour of Your Child’s New School
Even adults are unsure of finding their way in new surroundings, and children may not know who to ask for help. If the school year hasn’t begun, see if orientation days are planned to introduce students to their new school. They can get the lay of the land and find the cafeteria, gym, and lockers for the first time. They may be able to see their new classroom and even meet the teacher.
If you move during the school year, ask the principal for a tour. School staff wants your child to have an easy transition to their new school, too.
Talk to Your Kids About Their New School
Before your children start at their new school, talk to them about what they might expect and ask if they have any worries. Sometimes kids fret about things that can be easily fixed.
Once your kids are attending their new school after moving, ask them to tell you about their day during the first few weeks. Ask about classes, teachers, homework, and other students. If something seems wrong, call or visit the school and try to get it sorted out. (Remember, teachers may tell you a different version of the story!)
Watch for Problems at the New School
Not every child likes to discuss problems, so pay attention to your child. If kids don’t want to go to school, pretend to be sick, or start acting out, it may signal an issue at school.
Get Kids Involved at the New School
Sports and extracurricular programs are a great way to make new friends. If your child balks, you may want to encourage them more strongly, or ask for a teacher or coach to help them get started. Choose activities your child likes and can succeed at.
Listen to Your Kids
Tell your children they can come to you with problems or just to talk about their day. Then be level-headed and restrained in your reactions. As a supportive parent, you can help by giving your kids ideas about how to resolve issues and by lending a hand on occasion.
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