Life is full of seasons, and changes, and as such we must be prepared to accept these transitions. As adults, it may be easier since we have more experience. However, children who have experienced less change in their lives may find it more difficult to accept new ideas and situations.
If your child has recently changed schools, due to moving, or perhaps they’re starting middle school from elementary school, it can be a difficult transition period however, with enough guidance from you, they can find their footing, and not only accept their new school but possibly even learn to love it. Here are some of the best tips for helping your child adjust to changing schools.
Talk It Out
One of the best things you can do as a parent is open up the lines of communication. Encourage your child to talk to you about their feelings, and get to know what their biggest concerns are. Encourage them to say what’s on their mind, and help them navigate any uncertainties and confusion. The more you can dissect exactly what’s going on in their head, the better guidance you can provide them.
Perhaps you can offer anecdotal stories of similar situations that you went through. If you or their other parent ever changed schools before, then share a story about what your experience was like. Relatable stories are the best ways to encourage someone who’s feeling unsure.
Visit The School With Them
Rather than letting them dive in head first alone, you should help them dip their feet in. Visit the school with them beforehand, and experience it together. They may feel much more reassured having you by their side the first time they visit the campus. It may also help ease your mind as well knowing where they’ll be every day, and getting to know the space.
Meet Other Parents
Your child may or may not be shy. In the event that they are shy, you might want to help them make other friends by involving yourself with other parents. Building a relationship with another parent can be a great way to introduce your child to their kids who they may not have otherwise met.
Just make sure that you don’t force anything. The more pressure you put on your child to make friendships, the more they may panic. Let them move at their own pace, and don’t force them to do anything they don’t want to do.
Transitioning to a new school isn’t easy for anyone. Even kids who have changed schools many times still can find it difficult to adjust to a new place. By being supportive, and having a little patience, your child should adjust to their new school in no time.