Sending your kids off to school for the first time is an exciting time, but it can also be frightening. Ease the transition for both you and your child by preparing him or her. Avoiding culture shock is the best way to prepare for a new school in a new environment. Making sure your child is already established, or at least has his or her foot in the door, is a great way to ensure your child’s success when away from home for the first time.
Making sure your kids have a job in the new area may seem a little preemptive, but remember, you won’t be there to immediately assist him or her. Furthermore, having a job in a new town makes it easier for your child to meet new people and make friends faster. Additionally, having a job creates responsibility and will keep your kid out of trouble while simultaneously introducing him or her to the importance of financial management.
Depending on where you send your kid to school, a vehicle might be a good idea. If your child is not in a commuter city where the bus or metro services are readily available, or if you want your child to be able to occasionally visit home, a vehicle is essential. Furthermore, having a vehicle at school allows your kid to explore the area, and maintaining the vehicle is an important responsibility all kids should be aware of.
A Place to Live
This one might seem obvious, but many parents don’t even consider where their kid will live when going off to school. Many parents assume that their child has secured a place, but this is unfortunately not the case most of time. Ensure that your child has an apartment or a dorm secured and that he or she can afford to live there. Take into consideration not only rent but utilities, cable, internet, and any other expenses such as a move-in deposit. It’s always better to begin the search sooner rather than later, and remember: roommates are not actually a bad thing. It’s good for your child to branch out and learn to live with others.
Many times, a kid will seem as if he or she is completely ready to go off to school on his or her own for the first time, but sometimes, that kid is just not ready. Your child might need someone to talk to: about school, about life, about anything. Make sure the school your child is going to offers student counseling services. Also, ensure your child’s school offers a student health center – because, after all, the neighborhood pediatrician probably won’t make the drive to your kid’s new school. You won’t be there to take care of your kid directly, so make sure someone will be.
Sending your kid off to school for the first time is a big event in life. It can be scary, but it is also incredibly exciting. By preparing your kid beforehand, you will make the transition away from home that much easier – for both you and your child.