Fitting Into a New School Mid Year


You and your kids have settled into a school routine and life is going well. Or was until yesterday when you learned that you have been promoted. Good news, right? Well yes and quite an honour. Trouble is you also have to move to Calgary.

Among the hundreds of details about the move you are also concerned about the kids. How are they going to handle changing schools?

Parents in the Military are experts on this subject because they never know when they might have to pick up and move. They know how to make it easier for kids and the bulk of advice I have below comes from these folks.

Fitting Into a New School – Mid Year

 Older children, particularly those in high school, find it particularly challenging to change schools. That being said, there are some steps we can take to make school change easier for all ages of children.

Ironically, it’s often easier for them to change mid-year. The rule of thumb has often been that we should have kids start at a new school in September, but that can actually backfire. In September, all the students are new to the teacher so she won’t know that your child is new to the city or neighbourhood and possibly knows no one in the class. If you child enters the school later in the year, the teacher will be able to help him to meet kids and settle in more easily. This is more difficult when your kids are older as they don’t have a single teacher to help with the adjustment, but a good homeroom teacher or counselor can ease the transition.

Kids who have a transferable interest or skill will have an easier time. If they play soccer, love working on the school yearbook or have an interest in drama you can quickly help them find a group or team they can join. This is a great way to fit in and make friends.

Do the research to find out about the school before you actually move. Involve your children in the move. If you’re moving to a new city check out the tourism sites on the Internet or write away for brochures. If you’re just changing neighbourhoods, drive around the new area, stop for a pizza and check out the local parks.

Once your kids are settled in the new school encourage them to invite friends over to your new home. When you do this, it’s also a good idea to introduce yourself to the parents. The more you all connect with the school and community the more comfortable you will all feel in your new place.

Two kids, two temperaments. Taking their unique temperaments into account.

Sarah is shy, Jared is bossy and Pat is easy-going. What do we need to know about different temperaments?

Every child is unique and different. My mini guide e-book, Vive la Différence: Raising Children with Different Temperaments addresses some of the temperaments we see in our kids.

I looked at my two children who are as different as night and day. Then I consider my siblings and we are a textbook example of different.

But, now I have three grandchildren, all the same age and the differences from their births has been striking.

The result is the e-parenting mini guide, Vive la Différence: Raising Children with Different Temperaments. The guide is available on my website.

How Can I Bring Kathy to My Community?

I offer keynotes and workshops, have written books and have ongoing newspaper columns, books, blogs and newsletters.

And, no matter what the actual topic, they all share a basic value that I call:

P.U.R.E. Parenting.

P — is a parenting plan

U — is unconditional love

R — is respect for your child as he is right now

E — is encouragement

I look forward to working with you for your professional development, workplace wellness or parenting education event.

 I look forward to working with you for your professional development, workplace wellness or parenting education event.





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