I know it can be tough on parents when their children change schools. The emotion we saw at the Wichita school board boundary change and school closing meetings was surprising to me. Folks were genuinely upset that their youngsters’ routines might be changed, and they might have to meet new teachers and make new friends.
Both my children rode buses for most of their elementary school careers, even though Woodland School is two blocks from our home. They were bused to achieve racial balance, and so they could participate in special education gifted classes.
There were no tears and few worries. Both kids seemed to take everything in stride, and both are comfortable now with almost any social situation.
From my own experience attending five elementary schools in three cities, making new friends can produce anxiety … but it can also be a tremendous teacher about change and personal growth.
So parents, don’t panic! Your kids might even enjoy their new school experience.
Our thought for today is from Gail Sheehy:
“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.”