One of the big questions that must to be answered when moving with kids is “When?”
Do you move during the school year – or during the summer when the kids are out of school? Two factors to consider are the ages of the kids and the timeline that will work best for the family.
Moving during the summer allows kids to finish out the school year at their existing school. In some cases, this might not matter, as the children may be moving up to middle or high school or to a new school next year anyway because of redistricting.
A challenge of waiting to move is the family might be separated for several months, with one parent remaining behind with the kids to finish the school year. Another consideration is enrollment in summer sports or camps. The registration for these activities is often well in advance of the summer, so kids may miss the opportunity to take part. Summer is also a popular vacation time, so neighborhood kids may be gone when your family arrives at your new home.
Moving during the school year allows kids to establish relationships and meet other kids immediately. They can jump into their new routine, joining clubs and sports teams. School can help provide activities – so parents don’t have to entertain while they are busy with unpacking and getting settled.
Knowing when to move may be based on the children’s ages. Kids under 10 typically are more involved with and find support within the family unit. Teenagers, on the other hand, have begun to build relationships outside the family structure and friends are more involved in their lives. If a child is outgoing, they may not have difficulty becoming a part of new groups, while shy kids may find an easier fit through established school groups.
Whatever time of the year you move, it’s important to get kids involved in activities as soon as possible so they do not get bored or lonely and begin to regret the move. And thanks to technology, kids can continue stay connected with their friends while transitioning to a new home and making new friends – in real life.