Moving is Stressful: Here’s How to Help Your Child Adjust at School
Moving to a new home is stressful for everyone involved. From banks to moving companies, we’ve seen first-hand the rigors of relocating your life. Unfortunately, the group that is perhaps most affected by this monumental change is also the quietest: children. They may not have much to say about it, but moving is surely on their mind. It’s not easy for little ones, or even teens, to pack up their belongings, leave their friends, and start life in a new area.
In fact, this at-home frustration often translates into the social and academic areas of their life, as well. Helping your child adjust and feel comfortable in their new school is critical to their happiness and their future performance in the classroom. Believe it or not, your actions can make or break your little one’s entire school experience. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can help your child adjust to their new school.
The Adjustment Starts at Home
The first step to adjusting at school is adjusting at home. It’s commonly accepted that a stable home life translates into academic success. Anxiety about your move, your new home, sleeping in a new bed, and many other daily factors can cause your child to lose focus in school. This same type of anxiety can also affect their school routine and cause undue stress, even if they’re enjoying their new classes and classmates.
Make an effort to turn your new house into a home. Let your child explore the house, choose their own bedroom, and bend the rules slightly until they become comfortable in the new space. Your house should act as a safe haven from the countless changes that are going on outside of your front door.
After and Out of School Activities
Helping your little one find new friends is always a concern when your child switches schools. Younger children often face unique hurdles like established friend groups and classmates wary of new faces.
Your best option for influencing friendships is involving your child in after school activities. These can range from choir, clubs, theater groups, sports teams, and more. Studies have shown that team bonding aids children in forming friendships.
Talk to Their Teachers
Let your child’s new teachers know that your son or daughter might need an adjustment period. Kids can act out behaviorally due to stress, anxiety, and tension. The last thing they need is to be labeled a “problem child”, and because even small misunderstandings may cause “why me” feelings, it’s best to take a proactive approach. After you ask for leniency, though, it’s especially important to remind your child not to act out. A teacher can only let so many incidents slide.
Moving to a new city, or even a new home in the same city, can be a source of stress for a small child or teenager. Although it is nearly unavoidable, the stress is manageable. Remember to create a welcoming atmosphere in your new home, get your child involved in the community, and reach out to teachers to help ease your child’s transition.
If you’re looking for a realtor in the Seattle area, get in touch with us. We’ll help you streamline the home buying and selling process so that you can focus on easing the transition for your loved ones.
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