Now switching schools is probably going to be the hardest part of us moving, but luckily it’s only one child switching schools not three of them. If we had a choice to wait until the end of school year or find a house in the same town we would have, but it didn’t work out that way and we wanted to make sure the move happened before the NH snow came. Honestly I am probably just as nervous and concerned about my daughter switching schools as she is and I relay that to her. I also remind my daughter often that she is not going to lose any friends because we are not moving that far away from our current town.
To tell you the truth, the school she will be going to I went to for three years when my Mom moved us out of our school again the same school my daughter goes to now. I am excited because I need a change of scenery, this town can smother a person and I don’t like watching people I grew up with go downhill. There are a lot of nice people here and this town we live in now could really be something if there were more enticing ways for teens to spend their time than partying and walking the streets.
Some ways I have helped the move be a more exciting change than a stressful change for my daughter is to;
- Have her create business cards with her cell number and name on it to hand out to friends.
- Add her current friends names and phone numbers in a journal to keep in touch when she moves.
- Remind her that she can still play soccer for the same town next year, we just have to pay a non-resident fee.
- Reiterate the amount of space she will have for her bedroom will excite her more than anything.
- Allow my daughter to decorate and arrange her new room to her liking, within reason.
All of the things I do to create this a more positive move for my daughter will in turn create a more positive move for the family as a whole. Now my daughter has only seen the outside of our new home and not the inside. I can’t wait for her to open up her eyes inside for the first time and see just how much bigger this house is compared to our current home. I have always wanted to have sleep overs and get together’s for her and her friends but our current home is too small for such events. The new house is a fresh start and a positive move for us all and I am hoping that the transition period is a short one. I will do everything in my power to focus on the positive of this move so that my daughter will hopefully focus on the positive as well and not allow sadness and negative energy consume her.