5 Relocation Tips for Kids: Post-departure
The big day has come and gone. Now you are safely in your new home and starting classes at your new school. Now your major concerns are: 1) will the other kids like me?2) where will I sit at lunchtime? and 3) what will the teachers be like? These are normal questions for any new kid to ask. When making an international move however, these questions become even more stressful due to differences in culture and language. Let me offer the following tips to help guide you comfortably through these changes.
In my experience as a new kid, getting involved in a school-sponsored club or sport was critical to helping me become a part of the new school. Whether you like drama, art, fencing, robotics, or community-service, try to find a group that supports your interests. By attending their meetings, more people will see you and will get used to you being a part of the group.
Getting involved also gives you access to people with similar interests so you can make friends. Because you already have something in common, it should be easier to start a conversation even if you don’t know the person. Also, the small group setting makes it easier to have one-on-one conversations than being in a large classroom full of people. Take advantage of these opportunities to get to know other people.
Living in a new culture often means that there are new foods and drinks to try. Be open to tasting the new foods even if they do not look “normal” to you. People in the new culture probably think that much of what you are used to eating is weird or strange too. Be adventurous and try new things!
Listening to local music can help you become familiar with local styles, but can also help you learn the language. Tune your radio to a local station and listen in. Watching local television shows offers the same benefits. You may not understand anything in the beginning, but if you keep watching, you will start to pick up quite a bit. Being current with TV shows and music also gives you something to talk about with your new friends.
See the sights! Encourage your family members to visit museums, sporting events, libraries, parks, theaters, and more to get out of the house and explore. While visiting these places you will be surrounded by people of the local culture. Learn from those experiences. Discover what is important to people in the new culture by looking at museum artifacts or attending theatrical performances. You will be amazed how much you can learn from these adventures!
With these tips in mind, you should feel more secure and confident in your new home away from home. The transition is never easy, but you can get through it. Remember to stay positive and enjoy the experience of living in new place. Many kids never get such an opportunity so take advantage of all there is to learn. Maybe someday, you’ll have the chance to share your experiences with other kids making the same transition.
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