How to Help Your Child Adjust to a New School

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Get your child used to routines at the new school to increase comfort.. Getty / XiXinXing

Are you wondering how well your child will adjust to a new school and if you can do anything to ease the transition? Of course you can! Here are some tips to help you along the way.

First, it is a good idea to be prepared for changes that may be accompanied by stress for both you and your child.

However, don’t expect it to be a completely awful situation. A positive attitude for both parent and student can go a long way in making the transition to a new school a success.

Attend an Orientation

To begin the school year on a positive note, you should attend a meeting or orientation with your child.

Help your child to understand what the routine will be and how to find where to go.

Understanding the routine and expectations, and having knowledge of the school can help to alleviate some of that first day school stress that your child is likely to feel. Be positive and get excited with your student.

Look at the School Website

It is a great idea to look through the school website for fun and interesting facts, especially if your child enjoys extracurricular activities or sports.

Many principals and teachers have web pages that offer interesting facts about them or their experiences.

Most school websites will also have pictures of activities students have participated in. This may help your child become excited.

Be Involved

If your child is interested in athletics and can see that the school has been successful in gaining titles in a sport or activity this can also be exciting.

Students who are active in school will make new friends much more quickly than those who are not involved in any extra school activities; therefore, it is a great idea to encourage school participation and be supportive of your child during participation.

Have a Positive Attitude

Parents should stress the importance of a positive attitude to their child and that making friends can help make the school a much more enjoyable place.

Let your child know you understand new friends cannot replace the old ones that were left behind at the old school, but that new friends can make life in the new school much more pleasant.

Start During the Summer

Making new friends can even begin in the summer before school has started. There are often summer camps or other recreational areas in the city or town the new school is in that your child can attend.

There, your child can make new friends before school starts, which will increase comfort. It is always great to see a familiar friendly face, especially in a new situation.

Whatever you do, be positive but real with your child.

Let him know there may be certain situations in the new school that may seem stressful at first and that change is okay.

Things may not be done quite the same in the new school as they were in the old school, but  it is okay and your child will adjust with time.

If your student comes to you with stress related to the transition, try to remain positive. Try to be a good listener if your child just needs someone to talk to or try to offer up positive advice.

Your child will need this from you.

Becoming stressed out yourself will fuel stress for your child. Stay calm and cool. Do not be uncaring about the stress your child is feeling, even if it seems trivial to you. Help him find ways to cope. If you feel your ability to help is being strained, contact a teacher, school counselor, or other professional for advice on how to help your child.

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