You may have great reasons for moving — a much better job, better schools, closer to family, etc. But whatever your reason, moving is almost always hard on your children. In fact, Cincinnati pediatrician Dr. Mona Mansour found in a study that children who change schools frequently are more likely to have both academic and behavioral issues. Fortunately, you can help your children adjust to their new schools and make the transition easier.
Time Your Move
Moving to a new house is tough in itself. Try to time your move at the beginning of the summer so your child has time to adjust to the new house before having to adjust to a new school. This will hopefully also give your child time to meet some new friends before school starts.
Visit the New School in Advance
If possible, take your children to visit their new school before the school year begins. Find the cafeteria and gym and play on the [tag-ice]playground[/tag-ice]. If your child has made any friends who will also be attending the school, ask them to show your child around.
Your school may have an orientation or Open House night. Be sure to attend so you and your children can meet their teachers and get an opportunity to ask questions.
Check on the Logistics
Your children’s old school should have sent their records to the new school. Call the school office to make sure this happened.
After a move, you are your children’s stability and lifeline. Ask them how they are doing, but don’t pressure them. Be patient and encouraging. Moving is tough, but you can help your children adjust to their new lives and find happiness in their new home.
Stacey Schifferdecker is the happy but harried mother of three school-aged children—two boys and a girl. She is also a freelance writer, a Children’s Minister, a PTA volunteer, and a Scout leader. Stacey has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and French and a Master’s degree in English. She has written extensively about parenting and education as well as business, technology, travel, and hobbies.
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