4 Tips to Transition to a Different School

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If your child (and you) are starting the year at a new school, the transition can be stressful, but there are ways to help ease into the new environment before the year begins, says Bea Moise, parenting coach and board-certified cognitive specialist at Southeast Psych.

1. Do some research. Check to see if the school has a social media page. Read comments from parents and students to get a sense for the environment and school culture.

2. Let children ask questions. Listen to your child’s worries and assure them that you will get through the transition together. Be positive and talk about all the new and exciting experiences that the new school has to offer.

3. Get involved. Attend meet-the-teacher or popsicle playdates before school starts to give your child exposure to the physical environment, teachers and new friends. The more you know, the more information you can provide for your child. Check school websites or social media pages for dates of events.

4. Be Positive. Talk about all the new and exciting experiences that the new school has to offer.


Michele Huggins is the editor of Charlotte Parent magazine.