The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Moving with Children Part 3

Moving with Children Part 3

Moving with Children Part 3

What’s worse than moving into a new house without knowing anyone?  Stepping into a new school for the first time knowing no one.    Dodd Middle School Cheshire CT

If it is at all possible, you should visit the school with your child before the actual first day.  Our younger child was going into seventh grade when we moved back to Cheshire, so we went to the school to meet the Guidance Counselor and tour the school.  We then got to meet some of the office staff.  This gave the comfort of some familiarity. 

Our older child was entering Sophomore year of High School, and Cheshire High School has an orientation day for new students at the beginning of each school year for freshmen or new students so they can become familiar with the “lay of the land” and at least see other kids.  We Chapman Elementary School Cheshire CTwere lucky in that our next door neighbors were also new at the same time.

One of the great things about moving during the summer is that your children can finish school for the year in the school they know and then have the summer to meet new people before heading off to the first day in that new school.  Get them involved in something like the local swim club or taking a class at Artsplace or the get involved with an activity at the Library with others of their same age.  If they sit at home all summer playing video games, they won’t get to know anyone.

 

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, MRP, SRES 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718

 

 

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Comment balloon 16 commentsChris Canfield • May 25 2011 09:41AM

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As an Army Brat, we moved periodically, nearly every 2 or three years.  Since I was one of 5 children, I always had a built in support group.  When I hear women complain today about how hard it is to move with children, I think of my mom, and how she managed even after having her 5th child at age 25.

The first day of school for me was always exciting and an opportunity to make new friends.  When I was established in the school and receiving new arrivals at the beginning of the school year, it was always a buzz worthy event.  Couldn't wait to meet the new kid(s).

Posted by Sandi Davidson (Florida's Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Chris- both my mom and my sister are teachers and each has said it's easier for a child to transition into a new place if they arrive at the beginning of the year as opposed to four months in or what have you. My sister even had a child join her classroom five days before school got out once! I remember when we moved to a new place and the first day was so intimidating but within a few days I was completely comfortable. Most children find a way to adapt and are far more ready for the challenge than they think they are!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) over 7 years ago

Chris, moving is overwhelming for kids, as their friends are left behind, and going to a new school can be frightening!    It is good to move in the summer, you can make friends prior to the school year starting!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 7 years ago

Excellent series that should be very helpful for families on the move.

 

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Hi Sandi - When you move a lot, it usually becomes easier for the kids--especially when you treat it as a new opportunity as we always did.

Hi Margie - It is easiest to make the move during the summer, but sometimes a move doesn't work out that way.  I have heard some people suggest that children might want to finish their school year where they are, and then if the school year is continuing where they are going, to start school at the new location so they can at least meet a few people.  Don't know how many people do that, however.  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Joan - With all the times we moved while in the corporate world, we got to know our movers quite well.  : )  They were always relieved when we didn't need to move during the summer, because that was when everyone wanted to move.  : )  It's easier on the kids, but not on the moving companies.  We moved at Christmas one time, so it was a good break time.

Hi Roy - I do hope that people find it useful!  Thanks for the interesting tulip.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Chris, this is a great series on Moving with Children!  Why not include a link to the other articles of the series at the end of each post? 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 7 years ago

Chris, you are doing a great job with this series!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Good morning Chris.

I am with Margie on this one...

Have a nice day.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 7 years ago

Hi Chris,

We have clients right now moving to Missouri with that exact intention - give their kids the summer to get acclimated and make new friends.  Very smart move.

Lisa

Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) over 7 years ago

Chris - This is an excellent series with great advice. Kids need to feel comfortable after being uprooted.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 7 years ago

Hi Silvia - Thanks for the great suggestion!  Have done so in Part 4.

Hi Andrea - Thanks again for stopping by!!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Joshua - So very true.

Hi Lisa - It is a great idea, as long as they are not allowed to hang out in the house.  You have to get out and about to meet people!  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi John - It is tough at any age, but especially on the youngsters!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris--I always try to get my clients to schedule one day for visiting schools.  A child's adjustment at school can literally make or break the relocation!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) over 7 years ago

Hi Pat - You are absolutely right--a child must be helped to make that adjustment!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

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