Relocating for a job is not only challenging for the employee and their spouse, it can be especially hard on children, who are going to be nervous about their new home and starting over and making new friends at a new school.
Ideally, a relocation will take place during the summer so the children can start school on time with the rest of their class. But even if that's not the case, there are some steps that can be taken to make the transition to a new school easier on kids of any age.
5 Steps to Help Kids Start Off on the Right Foot at Their New School
- Take a tour of the school. Arrange an orientation visit prior to school starting to introduce the children to the school and teachers, if possible.
- Be open and honest with teachers and administrators. Your employee should be prepared to provide additional information about their children to educators in the new school that might not be contained in test scores or transcripts.
- Find out as much as possible about the school. What clubs are available? Is there a winning football team? The more information the employee has about the school, the more they can share with their children.
- Help them prepare. Above all else, school-age children want to fit in. Use the orientation visit to identify the basics in advance like clothing styles or favorite after-school hangouts. Get a list of supplies so children have everything they need on the first day.
- Be honest, but upbeat. The employee should answer any questions children have honestly, putting a positive spin on things when they can. If the answer is unknown, encourage the children to help in researching the answer.