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New School, New Rules: Helping Your Child Transition

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Changing schools can be frightening for any child. They might be changing because they're transitioning between school levels, such as from elementary to middle school, or it could be because of moving home. Some children might start a new school because they have been expelled from their old one, or perhaps because the new one is a better environment. Whatever the reason for the change, it can be daunting to be surrounded by new people in a new place. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your child to adjust so that everything doesn't seem as frightening. Try these techniques to help make them happier.

Prepare Your Child
You can start by helping your child get ready for their new school. One of the things that can help is to arrange a visit so they can see what it's like. If they're moving into a new school with classmates, they might have already attended an open day or a visit. However, if they're starting a new school alone, a trip to see the school might need to be arranged. It can give them a chance to look around, meet teachers, and perhaps even meet some of their new classmates. You might also want to get ready by going shopping for new things, which can help to get your child excited.



What to Do When Your Child Is Reluctant
Children will often feel reluctant about going to school. Even though they might eventually make friends, or even already have friends who are going to attend the same school as them, it can still be a daunting prospect. There are many things that can be off putting about a new school. Some children might feel anxiety to go to school and could try to avoid it. On some occasions, you might find you need professional help to get them to feel better and start attending school willingly. However, many children can be more easily encouraged with positive reinforcement and rewards.

Help Your Child Socialize
Not being able to make friends is one of the greatest concerns of any child about to go to a new school. As their parent, you can help them to get started. However, it's also important not to help them too much, especially with older children. You should let them find their own way, but support them at the same time. Perhaps you can help by finding them activities to do outside of school or encouraging them to join clubs at school. You can also set up playdates and other activities with potential friends.

Get Involved Yourself
If you get involved with your child's school, it can help both you and them. You'll be able to get a better understanding of how the school operates and perhaps contribute your skills to the PTA. You don't have to get involved, but it's helpful to introduce yourself to whoever is in charge. It can help you be aware of issues within the school.

Support your child on their journey in a new school, and they will feel more comfortable about attending.

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