Helping a preschooler who's about to move!
April 15, 2014 6:45 PM Subscribe
Helping our preschooler move from one home to another: we have lots of flexibility, so we want to plan the best transition we can as he leaves behind the school and friends he loves.
posted by kalapierson to Human Relations (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We'll be moving from a house to a same-sized condo a 45-minute drive away. No other transitions such as new jobs; we'd just been looking for a better fit. And the condo was a really lucky find, earlier than we expected, so we have some prep to do in our house before we put it on the market to sell.
We have one kid who's about to turn 4. 2014-15 will be his last preschool year, then he'll start public kindergarten in fall 2015.
Not clear how well he gets the concept of moving. He did at least love the condo in general and his room in it, as playspaces, both times we toured it. (And when I said, "If we lived here, this would be your room," he said brightly, "Okay, you go away now and I stay here!" and settled down by himself on that room's carpet to look at his books.)
Possibly big issue for him is that he loves his preschool, where he's gone since he was 6 months old. He's had mostly the same friends there for 3+ years and he really loves them.
So we need to decide how to time the various transitions. (We should get the condo keys first week of June, then we'll have both homes to use as we clean out our house and prep it for selling.)
1) keep him in his current school's summer program (early jun - late aug) while living in and prepping the house, then start sleeping in the condo in late aug when he'll start his new preschool; or
2) start sleeping in the condo soon after we get the keys, finding him summer care in the new neighborhood and periodically sending one of us back to the house to do prep work; or
3) do some hybrid where he goes to, say, the first half of his current school's summer program -- making periodic trips to get him used to and excited about the fun things in the new neighborhood -- then move and start him in new summer care in, say, mid-July.
There are plenty of grownup considerations (such as wanting to get our house staged and on the market during prime summer selling season, and not knowing yet whether we could get any refund if he ended up not doing the summer program he's registered for).
But just considering his perspective, I'd love any input -- whether specific to our issues or general thoughts re. making this a good experience for him.