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Many of us can imagine one of the most difficult aspects of moving home for parents with children. The school often plays a central role in that difficulty. It’s a social hub for child and parent alike, and that fact only serves as a negative when you have to leave it. But do homeschooled kids face the same problem?
Change In Environment
It’s not just the people that matter, it’s the very spaces you use. The change from the home for another, the library for another. Apprehension and fear can set in when a child isn’t sure how to react to a change. Making the change a lot smoother and less stressful can lessen the impact. Have local moving services arranged in advance and prepare all your belongings in as organized and simple a way as possible so moving day itself isn’t some big, stressful ordeal. Otherwise, moving day will make a negative initial impact in the child’s mind that will serve to frame the rest of the changes.
Their Friends, The Past, and Future
The idea that your homeschooled child doesn’t have friends because they don’t have a conventional school life is a misconception you’ve hopefully already smashed by now. So, the truth is that they’re going to lose some friends. You can help them write letters or use social media (under supervision) to help them keep in contact. But what about new friends? Consider looking for other homeschoolers in your area. Working together to arrange a book club can be a great way for your children to connect to others with like-minded parents.
Their Sense of Community
It’s not just the children they meet that matter. Fostering a sense of community is important to many people. You don’t want your children to be afraid to be outside or to risk them never learning to socialize properly. Help them along and keep a watchful eye on them by getting involved in community affairs together. For instance, you can volunteer together, offering both your time for a bake sale of a park cleanup operation together. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to other people in the area who care about community too.
Make Their New Home Fun
Moving should be an adventure. You can make it feel like one, too. For instance, if it takes more than one day to set up the home, your family can set up a tent in the backyard and make it a camping trip. Even once you’re all set up, consider going on a bike ride or hiking with the children in local parks or areas of natural beauty. Show them that there’s plenty to love the new home for and plenty of fun to be had there.
You may not have to look for a new school and your children may not miss their old teachers, but they will still have issues when moving that you should prepare both yourself and them for. Otherwise, they may not be able to get over the upheaval for a long time.
Talk to me in the comments, please:
Did your homeschool kids have the same trouble when moving?