Preparing your child for a big move is already a huge challenge all by itself. Having them to adjust to a new home and new surroundings can be very difficult. It can also be very difficult for you child to adjust to being in a new school. The younger your child is the more difficult it can be to get them used to the idea of going to a different school.
This is especially the case for children who already had a difficult time getting used to school in the first place. Unfortunately however due to circumstances the parents are usually let with making the best choice possible for the entire family. When you first move to a new state it may be a good idea to plan your move during the summer months. Of cause some school officials may tell you that it makes things more difficult when it comes to trying to get them registered and placed into their new school, but it really does not have to be as difficult as you think. The key is to not try and hide anything from your children. You need to make it very clear that they will have to make new friends.
If you have been able to make arrangements to move during the summer months, then you may still have time to sign your child up for a few end of the summer activates. This would give him or her opportunity to interact with other children the same age as them. This way when they go to school them may feel a little bit more comfortable already having had the opportunity to meet a few of the kids in the neighborhood. You could do your part by inviting parents over with kids to your home for dinner. This would give you the opportunity to get to know them, and them the opportunity to get to know you. Obviously you will not get along with everyone, and there may be one or two kids that you don’t want your kids to be around.
This would be a good opportunity for you to observe and figure that out. Once school starts you should have no problem fitting in. if however you are not able to move during the summer months and don’t want to have to worry about your children missing school than you should get them enrolled in school right away. Reassure them that it will take time for them to get to know some of the other kids in the are. You can even have them invite a few friends over on the weekends so you can meet them and their parents. If there is one sure way to break the ice with kids that is by having a small party with plenty of junk food. Remember that it will take time for your child to adjust, but with the support of their parents your children should have no problem adjusting.