Ways to Help Kids Adjust to a New School
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The first week of school can be an exciting time, but it can also be stressful if you're the new kid.
For 8th grader Dior Brown moving to a new school was scary.
"Well of course every middle school student is scared of bullying. I was a little nervous about that. And, I was nervous about finding a friend that I could relate to," said Dior Brown, moved here from Oregon.
As licensed Marriage and Family Counselor Kristi Fowler explains, Brown's feeling are normal.
One way a parent can help their children adjust is to validate their feelings.
"Allow them to talk about they're anxiety, talk about they're concerns and let it be okay that they feel that way," said Fowler.
For Brown, it wasn't just the fear of the unknown that was hard, but leaving behind those she cared about.
"I left lots of friends and a best friend behind and I was very sad to part with them," said Brown.
Fowler has recommendations to make the transition easier.
"If at all possible move early so that they have time to get to know the neighborhood kids. Maybe you can get them involved in a Parks and Rec kind of things," said Fowler.
Fowler also suggests allowing them to be in control to some degree by encouraging them to tell you what they need.
"Maybe the first day of school they need you to walk them into the classroom. Maybe they don't want you to get out of the car," said Fowler.
9–year old Dakota Martin had two main fears.
"The kids and making friends," said Dakota Martin, started a new school.
Above all else, fowler encourages parents to watch their own anxiety levels.
"You're probably more nervous than your child is. And, as your anxiety goes up, your child's anxiety is going to go up," said Fowler.
Just a few ways to make a tough week a little easier.