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How to Help Your Child Adjust to Switching Schools
1. Listen to Your Child's Concerns
During this time, your child may be struggling with processing their own emotions or there may be a specific, school-related issue that's concerning them. Whatever the cause of their distress, let them know you are open to discussing it whenever they're ready. Doing so validates their feelings, instills trust, and minimizes any stress they might be feeling. Regardless of the issue, talking about it will help them get things off their chest and bring them the reassurance they need.
2. Tour the School
If your child is young, they may feel scared to go into a school that is unfamiliar to them. Touring the school together beforehand will give them more confidence to tackle their first day of school, and this will be one less thing they have to worry about.
3. Express Reasons for Moving
Being honest about the reasons your child has switched schools will get them to understand the why's of the situation. For younger children, it might be easier for them. But for older kids, they may have difficulties in finding new friends and getting comfortable with their new surroundings. They may not thank you for it at first, and they might even be angry, but they will come to understand your decision is for your family's benefit, and it's the best choice you could've made at that moment.
4. Keep Your Old Routine
If your family moved to another city and your children had to move schools, maintaining the same routine you had in your old home ensures structure and familiarity, two things that will help your child adjust more smoothly.
5. Speak to Teachers
Unfortunately, sometimes children may be battling issues we as parents are unaware of. Maybe it's a bullying problem or their grades are falling behind. Whether the issue is big or small, speaking to your child's teachers helps you get to the root of the matter, and you are more likely to discover ways on how to solve it.
6. Remain Engaged
Follow up with your child during this period and check in with their teachers to see how things are progressing. This, coupled with continuous encouragement and reassurance, will not only allow you to know what is going on, but it will also let your child know that you're there with them through every hurdle and accomplishment.