We moved in the middle of the school year when I was in second grade. I actually liked where we moved to better so I adjusted pretty quickly. On the other hand, we did it again 4 years later when I was in sixth grade, it didn’t go so well. I think it really depends on where you’re moving from and where you’re moving to and how well your child is settled into where they are and how well they adjust to changes. I would say if possible, moving in the middle of the school year not ideal, so I would try to push it out if I were in that position. I’m a recruiter and I’ve seen parents get creative with maybe one parent going first and the other waiting out the school year and then joining with the rest the family. It’s hard enough to be the new kid but it’s even harder when you’re doing it in the middle of the year. If you can’t wait until the new year, then I would suggest at least trying to do it after a break. Regardless, encourage them to stay in touch with her old friends. It’ll help during the transition. And also if possible take him/her to see where they will be going to school in advance to start getting used to the idea before their first day. I’ve also noticed recently on Nextdoor and in Facebook groups where moms will put it out there if they are moving to a new area or have just moved that they are looking to network and help the kids start making friends before they start at school.
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