Being a teenager is hard but it is harder when they have to deal with a major change. The change isn’t puberty but moving into a new school. We all despise change but it is vital to the human condition. Here’s a detailed explanation on how to help.
Changing schools in general
School is an social institution where children not only learn facts and dates but social relationships that will help them in the long run. It is because of it’s deep roots in how we learn social skills that which school a child goes to greatly impacts their life. For example for the most part of my life I went to private school dealing with uniforms and the adherence to a higher power. It was truly a cultural shock going to my local public school at the age of 11 as the kids were different than I expected and it was hard to make friends the first few months. What worked was 1) being positive-people respond well to a positive figure. And 2) being adaptable- change just go with the flow.
Changing high school
In high school things get more difficult as cliques become the rule of the land. And it is near impossible to change that once they are formed. This becomes problematic for the teenager who has to move to a new high school with well established cliques. At this age your child should be able to understand your reasons for moving whether it is money or something more important. It helps immensely if your child can keep in touch with their old friends. As through the magic of social networking sites one of your teen’s old friends may link them to one of the other teens at their new school.
Stresses and How to deal with them
Being in a new environment it is natural for us to feel lonely, confused, sad, afraid,and tired. However don’t be a downer as things can always change for the better. Things don’t change overnight but give social matters time to develop. Getting involved in school activities always helps. And finally remember that high school is a short frame of time in one’s life. Whether you’re a parent or a teen what happens here can effect one’s life.