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How to Move During the School Year

March 24, 2016

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When it comes time to move to a new home, you cannot predict when your house will sell. Often times, homes sell at the seemingly most inconvenient times, such as during the school year. Because moving is already an adjustment for both you and your children, it can be even more difficult when moving involves having to change schools.

While it can be a tough transition, children will adjust, as they are more flexible than you might even realize. But, here are a few tips on how to make the adjustment as easy as possible for both you and your children:

1. Tour the New House and School

An important thing that can help make the transition easier is to take a tour of your new house and your children’s new school with your children. Allowing them to get a feel for their new routine can help ease any anxiety and trepidation they might be feeling about the move.

If you have yet to purchase a new home, but are actively looking, consider allowing your children to be involved in the house-seeking process, such as touring Daybreak community homes for sale with you. Keeping them in the loop as much as possible will help them feel comfortable about the move, as well as allow them to grow used to the idea.

2. Speak with Both Old and New School Administrators Prior to the Move

Before moving, speak with both your children’s current school administrator and your children’s future administrator. Notifying the current school of your children’s absence will give them a chance to transfer any pertinent information to your children’s new school in a timely manner.

When it comes to speaking with your children’s new school, it is important to let them know any special needs your children may have, or any issues they had at their previous school, whether it was behavioral issues, bullying, or trouble with a particular subject. Giving your children’s new school all the necessary information beforehand can make the school transition easier on your child, for the school can make the adjustments they need to in order to make your child feel as comfortable as possible.

3. Activities

Encourage your children to join extracurriculars at their new school, especially activities they were involved in at their previous school. Since the activity is familiar, they will often feel more comfortable at the school, as well as having an easier time making friends. Getting involved in something they love can help bring their old community with them.

4. Communicate

Honestly and openly communicate with your children about the move, giving them time to deal with the change. Each of your children will respond differently to the move Opening the lines of communication can help them process the move better, because they can express their feelings about it with you. Even if it takes time for your children to make the transition, try to be as patient and sympathetic as possible, for that support can truly help your children adjust.

These four tips can help your move go as smoothly as possible.

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