Relocating your family is never easy, but it can be especially stressful if you are moving to an entirely different neighbourhood during the school year.
In addition to packing up the contents of your home, you need to get acquainted with your new surroundings, register your child for school, and manage the anxious feelings they may be feeling.
If you have a family and are considering relocating during the school year, there are a few things you should know to make your relocation as stress-free as possible.
Research Nearby Schools
Begin your relocation by researching nearby schools to see at what point they accept new students and for registration details. Once you have established a starting date for your child, request a tour so that they can be comfortable in their new surroundings, and maybe meet new friends.
Tour the New Neighbourhood
Once you’ve decided on a school for your child, tour the new neighbourhood as a family. Walk them through nearby parks, take them out for dinner at a local restaurant, and get them accustomed to their new surroundings. This will make them feel more comfortable, and hopefully right at home.
Maintain Your Family Rituals
Switching schools and moving homes can make a child feel like their whole world is changing. Reassure them that this isn’t the case by maintaining your family rituals, and include their friends if possible.
Make Sure Everyone’s Included
Reduce anxious feelings and stress by keeping the entire family involved with key decisions, and by asking questions. It’s important to make sure your child is comfortable with their new school and neighbourhood before they begin their first day.
Transitioning schools and relocating neighbourhoods can be stressful for families, but I would be happy to help you explore new neighbourhoods and schools if you’re considering relocating.