Tips for Adjusting to a New
For those of us in North Texas, August
means it’s time to get your children ready for school once more. Picking out
backpacks, going clothes shopping and finding all the right school supplies can
be hectic enough. However, when you’ve moved and your children have to start
all over in a new district, there’s even more to worry about!
Summer fun can make the sunny months fly
by. It’s easy to forget that with the beginning of school comes excitement and
anxiety for your little ones -- especially if they’re starting out somewhere
new. So help them get adjusted with the back-to-a-new-school strategies below.
Explain why you’ll be moving.
you’re moving states or
just school districts, it’s best to give your children as much notice as
possible and explain to them the reason for the change. They’ll need time to
get used to the idea and say goodbye to friends.
the first day draws near, be positive about what they’ll experience. School
will be a place where they’ll learn new things and make great friends.
about joining the PTA, so you can learn about what’s happening in the school,
meet teachers and be able to discuss policies and issues with your children.
Stick to a routine.A
new school is going to hold a lot of unknowns for your little ones. So it’s
best to keep a consistent routine at home. This will help children know what to expect and feel they at least have some control
in their own space. Tap into their feelings.
children might be excited or sad about the new change and they’ll need someone
to release all of this positive or negative energy upon. Just listen and be sure not to minimize
their feelings. They’ll need an understanding ear throughout this adjustment.
it’s always important for your children to focus on their schoolwork, they
would also benefit by joining some sort of club, group or team. The sooner they
make friends, the more settled they’ll feel.
to a new school can be tough on your children, which in turn makes it tough on
you. If you can set aside the time to prepare for the first weeks, talk
positively about their upcoming experiences and take the time to really listen
to your children, then adjusting to the new environment can be a smooth
transition for all.
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