4 ways to help your child adjust to a new school

Published: Aug. 14, 2018 at 8:43 AM CDT
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Many area students will be getting off the bus and going into new schools this week. That can be very stressful.

If it's not too late and you still have a school open house, go to it. It will help your child answer a number of questions they have about the school and ease their worried mind.

Dr. Jennifer Baker told us, "It's where's my locker, where's the classroom, how do I get from one room to another, where are the bathrooms, where do I go for lunch? So, any child that has to move out of the classroom and into another part of the building that's really a critical thing for them."

Dr. Baker also recommends if you've moved to a new neighborhood or city, go to things where you child can meet new friends. It might be a pot luck neighborhood dinner, something at church or a school activity.

Keep in mind that your child may need about 6 weeks to adjust to a new school. So, try to be patient as we start a new school year.

One more thing, ask them at dinner to tell you three things you don't know about their new school. It's a better conversation starter than the simple question, how was your day?

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