Parenting Guide

How to Prepare Your Child for the Switch

Published by SchoolAdvisor on Apr 12, 2018, 10:07 AM

Changing your child’s school is a daunting task for any parent. Caught between a rock and a hard place, you do not want to deprive your little one of the comforts that he/she is used to, but at the same time you want the very best school or curriculum that can be offered.

Undergoing such changes in their daily routine, medium of instruction and the type of friends at school may end up being destructive not only for the child but also for the parents if not handled properly.

Between the choices of public, private, international schools, there are some key aspects that parents can prepare their child with before making that decision.

Be Honest

The first order of business when breaking the news to your child that you have made the decision to switch schools is to have a sit-down with them to talk it over. Make it as casual as you can without forgetting the importance of the message you intend to send across. It is vital for you to relay your reasoning for wanting to make the switch and help them understand by being honest and laying down the points.

Make Lists

In conjunction with having the talk, allow your child to give their two cents regarding the switch. You could have them write down a number of concerns they might have or make a list of what they would expect to come out of the switch. Allow them to express themselves, and discuss your thoughts together to find a common ground.

Organise Visits

Take your child along with you on a tour of the school to give them a taste of what they can look forward to. Knowing where everything is should help reduce some of your child’s fears and also familiarise them with their surroundings.

Exert Positivity

Be enthusiastic about the switch yourself and let the energy rub off on your child. Tell them about all the positive things they can look forward to and keep their spirits up. Remember to instill confidence and optimism in them to meet new challenges.

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