If you have kids, you know that moving to a new home is a big ordeal. But if you add to this equation a move that happens in the middle of the school year, there is going to be so much more to consider and plan for. Luckily, with the resiliency of children, there are plenty of things that you can do to help you get your home sold quickly, get your kids enrolled in their new school, and get things back on track with your lives.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for moving your family in the middle of the school year.
Make It An Exciting, New Experience
Parents often don’t realize how much their attitude and outlook impacts the attitudes and outlooks of their children. But if you’re negative and sad about your upcoming move, there’s a much higher likelihood that your children will reflect these emotions back to you. On the other hand, if you’re able to be happy, positive, and upbeat about the prospect of moving your family to a new home, even though it will be in the middle of a school year, you’ll have a greater chance of helping your kids to feel these positive emotions, too.
For some kids, phrasing your move as a new, exciting experience can be a great way to go about things. You can talk about how fun it will be to make new friends, how they’ll get to purchase new school supplies for starting their first day at their new school, and how much of an adventure it will be to explore a new place and try something new. So even if you’re feeling nervous, try to put on a happy face for your kids so that your happiness can hopefully rub off on them.
Try To Keep Other Routines Consistent
With all of the changes that are going to be happening with moving to a new home and going to a new school, it’s going to be important that you try to keep as many of your routines as consistent as you can.
Kids thrive on consistency and knowing what’s coming next for them. So even if there are going to be a lot of things changing, if you can find a way to keep things like their bedtime routines and other parts of their day consistent or familiar, this can help to make the other big changes easier to cope with.
Give Them As Much Control As Possible
Along with keeping things consistent, something else that you can do that will help to make a move and a change of schools easier on your kids is to give them as much control as possible over things that it’s okay for them to have control over. For example, you can let them choose new clothes to wear at their new school, let them decide how to set up their new room in your new house, and more.
If you’re needing to move your family into a new home and a new school in the middle of the school year, consider using the tips mentioned above to help make this change more tolerable.