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Scott and I have experienced one PCS, cross country, from 29 Palms, CA to Camp Lejeune, NC. Not only is the move tiring and hard work, but adjusting to a new environment is also a challenge. At the time of our move, I was 20 weeks pregnant, so therefore, I have yet to experience a PCS with a child. Moving is a necessary and inevitable part of military life. And I’m sure that we will have to experience it multiple times with children. I know that when the time arises, I will do everything I can to help make the transition easy and smooth for my kids.
Here are some great tips for making the transition easier:
- Allow your children to help with separating and packing.
- Explain the process of how the move will work and where the military is sending you, how long it will take to get there, as well as how and when you’ll find a new home.
- Make sure children have an opportunity to pick out favorite things to take along on your trip to your new duty station.
- Give children a special job on moving “out” and moving “in” day so they feel a valuable part of the process.
- Allow children to decide how their new room should be decorated and/or arranged.
- Investigate and explore your new neighborhood together. Look for fun and exciting things. Allow them to use a map to explore or write down a list of their favorite things/places and go seek them out.
- Make a concerted effort to locate after-school activities where your children can make new friends with similar interests.
- Teach your children your new address and phone number as soon as you arrive at your new location.
I will also be taking advantage of the services offered by Kidzmet. Kidzmet has created a way for teachers to connect with the local students they were meant to teach, so that they can focus on teaching instead of getting the word out.
By completing a Kidzmet Pairing Portrait for your child and e-mailing it to the principal and teachers at their new school before the move, the school staff will be able to receive a clear picture of their newest student! This is also a great way for teachers to introduce your child to new friends that have a similar personality and common interests!
The Kidzmet Pairing portrait allows you to find out your child’s personality type and learning style. The in-depth evaluation you’ll receive upon completion will also show your child’s strengths and talents. An individual profile is created for each family member and teacher, which helps allow for pairing of students with teachers that intuitively know how to help them play to their strengths.
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