School is finally out for the summer, and many families are relocating, both across country and within the same city. But often kids don't want to leave their friends or existing school. If you are relocating to Las Vegas or Henderson, NV , or if you are moving to a new home within Clark County, here are some tips for making the process go a little easier on the whole family.
Get the Kids Involved Searching Online
Kids love to surf the Internet, and if you allow them some extra time online and make the search a family project, they will feel like they are helping to make the decision, which will make them feel better about moving and having some control of their lives.
- Most families start by looking checking out school zones in Las Vegas. Have your kids help you select their next school. Ask them to help you check out school ratings and courses online and select the schools they think might be the best fit for them.
- Next, have kids help you locate homes within the selected school zones. Give them a budget and make a list of the requirements you want in a home. They can select the school zone and enter criteria for a home at http://www.greatlasvegashomes.com/idx/using the fields provided. (See the "how to" graphic below.)
Allow them to save their favorites for your review to an account you set up. Then you can go back later and look at those homes with them.
- Once the family has chosen the appropriate schools and identified some homes that everyone likes, it is time to go house shopping physically. Mom and Dad may want to go alone at first to narrow down the list to two or three favorites. But then it's time to get the kids involved again. Bring them back to look at the homes you have selected. Have them pick out their rooms and encourage them to think about how they would like to decorate.
Once The New Home Has Been Selected
- Even though you are moving, the more you can stick to your normal routines both before and after the move, the more settled your kids will feel. Especially when they see that nothing major will change in their lives no matter where they live.
- Throw a small party at the old house right before you leave so the kids can invite their friends over to say goodbye. Let the kids help plan the party to keep them focused on something fun while all the packing is going on.
- Make up an "adventure book" of all the new activities your kids will be able to do at their new school and in their new neighborhood. For younger kids, you can have them cut out pictures in magazines or copy photos from the computer to illustrate what fun they can have.
- Make a list of the special activities your kids can join at the new school that they would enjoy and make sure to get them signed up in advance.
- Find out what special activities are going on over the summer in your new neighborhood. Sign the kids up for some of those activities so they can make a few friends before school starts, even if it's only for a few weeks or even days. Keep in mind how hard it is to go into a new school when you don't know anyone at all. Just a couple of familiar faces can make all the difference in the world and help combat the strangeness. Again, get the kids signed up in advance.
After The Move
- Get the kids involved in arranging their rooms first. Give them a little leeway to make it their own special place, even if their ideas aren't quite what you would have chosen. (You can always take down those dinosaur posters or paint over the bright pink walls later when their tastes have changed.)
- Make an effort to meet the neighbors as soon as possible. Hopefully they may have kids close in age or know someone else on the street that does.
- See if there is a "mentor" at the new school that will be in your kid's classes. This would be another child that could be a "buddy" the first few days and can help introduce your child to the school.
- Find some really cool things you can do close to the new house. Make a list of the things your kids love most and find nearby amenities they can look forward to going back to since it is nearby. (Water parks, lakes, zoos, and skate parks are always popular.) Take a break from the moving and unpacking to spend some quality time with your kids and make them feel more at home. Those boxes aren't going anywhere soon, but your kids will eventually.
How to Find Homes by School Zones
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