Deciding to make a move is never easy when a family is involved. Choosing to uproot your kids is never easy. The chances are that they’ll be unhappy about leaving their friends, and everything they know. As such, it can be a confusing and challenging time for everyone involved. And, that can add unwanted pressure to an already stressful process.
The good news is, there are ways to get your kids on board. Simple things, like getting them involved in the house hunting process, could do the trick. Or, you may want to take things even further, by considering their needs before settling on an area. To a certain extent, it’s likely you would do that anyway.
After all, our kids come first. But, by taking this further, you can ensure the move visibly benefits them. One way to do that is to think about the learning benefits they may enjoy in your new location. Here are a few to consider.
Better schools in the catchment area
The most obvious way learning impacts any move is through the schools on offer. To ensure your child accepts leaving their old school, move into the catchment area of a better one. Obviously, it isn’t all about how good the school is when you’re ten-years-old and leaving your friends. But, as soon as they settle down and start meeting new people, they’re sure to appreciate the quality of the school. Perhaps you could ensure they move from an over-crowded option into an exclusive one. The classrooms may be half the size. Even a ten-year-old can appreciate a change like that, and their education is sure to benefit, as well.
Access to new possibilities
Providing access to new possibilities is another fantastic way to benefit your little one. You’re sure to feel you’ve made the right decision when you see them flourishing thanks to such access. Of course, the form this takes can vary. It may be that you move them closer to a town, which will provide more possibility for meeting up with friends.
Or, you may even look out for real estate close to ski slopes, or a football pitch. Either way, you can ensure possibilities like these will lead to new skills. They could even take your child on a new life path. All because of the move they didn’t even really want to make.
A new group of friends
It’s worth mentioning, too, that a child learns a great deal from their group of friends. Hence why parents find it so distressing when their kids fall into ‘the wrong crowd’. You can’t dictate who your little one plays with. But, you can use this chance to pick an area with kids you think will be a good influence. A quiet suburb, for instance, where kids play outside. Or, even just a location where you can see evidence of plenty of other kids around. You can be sure that, whoever your youngster meets, they’ll have a lesson or two to teach.
Peace and Blessings til the next post,
Kim @ Life in a House
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