Moving is tough! But, when our little ones are involved as well, things can get even tougher and a lot more complicated.
Your kids will be forced to say goodbye to all of their friends, family members, classmates, and teachers. Moreover, they will be leaving their comfort zone, which is very important for children as it gives them a sense of security.
So, as a parent, it is your job to do everything in your power to help your kids adjust to the new lifestyle that is waiting for them. Most importantly, you must help them with anxiety and all the stress that comes with being the ‘new kid’.
Do not worry, there is a solution to everything. Thus, without further ado, here is some advice on how to help your kids adapt to a new school after the move.
Talk it Out
When you pick the right part of Florida to move to and set a moving date, it is of key importance to discuss the move and the change of schools with your child.
So, order some pizza, or prepare your child’s favorite meal, and start talking. Make sure you let your child know why this move is necessary and how your family can benefit from it.
Then, move to the school transition. Try to be positive and to focus on good things like meeting new friends, living in a much better place, doing more fun stuff and similar.
Moreover, it is important to start this conversation ahead of time, so that your child will have time to prepare and to get accustomed to that idea of such a major life shift.
Also, encourage your child to talk about its fears and concerns. Only by taking it out will you be able to help your kid get rid of any fears and anxiety.
Having a talk with your child before moving is a must! Alt.tag. A mother talking to her child.
Give Your Child Some Control
It goes without saying that moving, saying goodbye to friends and changing schools is tough on children. They probably do not understand why all of this is happening and why they did not have any control or say in it.
This is when feelings like fear, anger, and anxiety really start to kick in. So, you can turn this around by giving your child some sense of control. For example, you can search for schools together.
Ask your child which school he/she would like to attend. Together, you can visit all the schools and decide where to go. Then, you can allow your child to buy all new school supplies.
And, if possible, allow your child to throw a goodbye party for everybody they are saying goodbye to and let them buy all the food and drinks for it. These small situations you are letting them handle can really turn to the whole situation around.
Focus on the Positive Aspects of This Move
As previously mentioned, you as a parent must stay positive! And, most importantly, you must focus on all the positive aspects of this move.
So, for example, if you choose to call Miami your home, talk about all the sunny days you will experience and all those weekends you will spend on the beach as a family.
Wherever you plan on moving, try to talk about all the adventures you will be having as if you were traveling. This will actually make your kid really excited about the move. Then, when it comes to switching schools, talk about how that new school will be much better than the previous one.
And do not forget to mention all the new friends and classmates your child can meet there. Just remember, the more enthusiasm and positivity you bring, the faster your child will forget about the fears and anxiety.
Encourage your child to think about all the fun things he or she can do in your new city. Alt.tag: A girl playing with a balloon.
Keep the Old Habits Alive
Another important thing that will help your kids adapt to a new school after the move is to keep all the old habits alive. This goes for all those school-related habits and the ones they had at home.
So, for example, if you used to take your child to school before, keep doing that, even if the school is a lot closer.
If you used to help your child with his or her homework every single day, do not stop now. It is also a good idea to try to enroll your child in the same extracurricular activities.
Thus, if they took violin lessons or went to a language school, make sure to find a place where they can do the same things again. Moreover, if your child did not take any activities after school until now, you can find some and start now.
Sports are always a good idea. By going to practices, your child will meet a lot of new friends and have an exciting thing to look forward to as well as be fit and healthy.
Having some extracurricular activities your child can do is of key importance. Alt.tag: A Girl’s soccer practice.
Check Out The School
Before the first day of school, go for a sneak peek together with your child. This will be really helpful, and you will help your child avoid that feeling of the unknown.
So, go to the new school and start exploring. Check out all the buildings and all of the schoolyard. Then go inside and see what the classrooms look like. Do not forget to see where the cafeteria and the gym are too.
This way, your child will know what to expect on the first day of school. If possible, try to talk with the principal and at least some of the teachers. Tell them about your situation. All of this will make that first couple of days in a new school a lot easier.