5 Things Parents Should Know: When Your Kid Goes to a New School


#4 - Get (and Stay) Involved

Getting involved in your child's life is good parenting advice in general -- keep it in mind especially when dealing with a transition to a new school. Make sure to meet with your son or daughter's teachers and the school principal to get a feel of the scholastic environment. How large are the classes? Are there afterschool activities that might interest your child? Are counselors or mentors available to help your child get acquainted with the new school and answer any questions?

Getting the answers to questions like these will help you understand what to expect, and you'll better be able to talk to your child about the school-related issues. As children become better adjusted and start to make friends, try to meet them as well. The more connected you can become to your son or daughter's daily life, the better dialogue you can foster.