You may be moving to a better school district and neighborhood, moving to be closer to family or maybe you are running away from a bully – either way you, as the parent, know that this move is in the best interest of the child. The child may disagree and be very angry with you for taking them out of their comfort zone and for making them leave their friends, which is why we put together a list of things you can do to help your child adjust.
Spend time at the school. If you know that you will be moving in the next few months, then go to the school and get familiar with the building and the area. For younger children spend an afternoon playing on the playground and for teens take them to a chorus concert or sports game. Most schools have a lot going on during the school year which is a great time to engage your child with the school and get them excited about this new chapter!
Talk up the school. Tell your child about the great features of the school. If your child plays a sport, tell them how good the team is that they would be joining – try to introduce them to the coach as well. For the younger kids, tell them about the exciting new playground or the fun new gym that they will get to play in.
Find someone that goes to the school. Do some research and figure out if an acquaintance or an old friend of your child’s goes to that school, which will give your child a small sense of comfort because at least they know one person when walking into the lunch room or going out on the playground. Read More