Four Transitioning Techniques – Helping Your Child Adjust to a Move

Last week, we covered how to talk about moving with your child. This week, we will discuss transitioning techniques to help your child flourish in his or her new home and school, regardless of age.

1.  Help your child keep in touch with old friends

This is much easier than it used to be, thanks to technology. FaceTime and other video chat platforms can help your child stay in communication with old friends both near and far. If you had a local move, arrange for your child to invite both new and old friends over. This will reinforce that your child does not need to choose between friend groups. For a long-distance move, check into the possibility of inviting one of your child’s friends for an extended visit over a school break.

2.  Monitor for academic issues

Scheduling and coursework differences can pose special challenges to children. Your child’s new school may have different instructional methods and course schedules. The change in routine and teaching methods may impact your child. Talk with your child’s teachers to ask about how they are performing in class and how you can help your child succeed.

3.  Seek out new activities

Getting your child involved in extracurricular activities will help them have fun and make new friends. Talk with your child’s new school to learn how your child can become a part of the groups that are of interest. For older children, sports teams are a great way to meet new people and feel like a part of something.

4.  Seek help if necessary

Sometimes children can have a difficult time adjusting to a new school. If your child is suddenly struggling academically or socially, talk with your child’s pediatrician to request a referral for a therapist. You can also speak with the school’s guidance counselor to see if the school offers services to help.

Moving can be an exciting and emotional time for all involved. Contact an Arpin agent today to help with your local and long-distance moving needs.