Moving takes its toll on everybody. You may find yourself stressed from the financial and physical aspects of moving. But you may also feel concerned about how your children will transition.
Starting a new school is never easy. It’s natural for any child who is relocating to wonder things like:
Will I make new friends? When will I get to see my old ones?
What if nobody likes me? What if the teachers are mean?
To help make the transition go smoothly, we’ve compiled this article with some tips to help you and your child. Let’s begin!
1. Talk to Your Child
Talking to your child seems simple enough, right? Even if you’ve already announced the move out date, there’s likely more that needs discussion.
This is a delicate time for your child, so it’s important that you show them that you’re present. You can never be too busy to talk and listen to your child. This is true even if your child comes to you while you’re packing or working.
No matter how busy you feel, your child needs to feel like you’ll listen to them. There are also things you can talk to them about that will make starting a new school easier.
For example, you can ask them about what type of classroom they want to be in. Would they feel most comfortable in a co-ed school or in an all boys or all girls school? Do they want to be in a big or small classroom?
If your child feels part of the decision process, they’ll feel more in control and more comfortable as a result.
2. Tour the School Together
You should visit the new school before the first day.
Set up a meet-and-greet with your child’s teachers. The first day of school may feel overwhelming having to meet so many different people. If your child is already familiar with their teachers, the first day will feel less overwhelming.
Touring the school is also a good time to scope out extracurricular activities. Talk to your child about how sports and clubs are a great way to meet new people and make friends.
3. Start a Good Routine
Moving is a busy time. So, it’s understandable if you and your family have had late nights, crazy mornings, and lots of takeouts while you all get settled in.
Before your child starts school, however, it’s good to get them back into a night and morning routine.
At nighttime, start having them lay out their clothes for the next day. Have them turn off their electronics and read before bed. That way, they fall asleep more easily.
For a week, have them wake up at the same time every day. Encourage them to get dressed, bathed, and ready for the day even if they’re still on “vacation.”
Starting a New School Can Be Exciting & Easy
Moving to a new home is always a big transition for everybody in the household. By preparing and making your child a part of the transition, they’ll have an easier time adjusting. Some children may even find that they’re excited to start a new school!
There’s more to making a move go as smoothly as possible. A lot of this depends on your moving company.
If you’re moving into or out of Florida, contact us today! Browning Moving & Storage is here to help you in a variety of locations.