“One more thing” can very often be one more thing too many, especially when families move or relocate. However, there is one little extra that can make all the difference in the world in assisting your children with the challenges they face when moving.
There is no question that the benefits of participating in extracurricular activities are many and varied. Increasing physical fitness and learning essential skills like teamwork, integrity and losing with grace are chief among the many reasons parents get their children involved in activities outside the academic school day.
For kids who are moving or relocating, staying active in the extracurricular activity of their choice gives them a softer landing pad when they arrive in their new home. In staying active in sports, music, scouting or any other extracurricular endeavor, kids who have moved have a point of entry into a potential friendship group that already possesses some of the same interests. This safe space of familiarity can make the transition to a new school, new home, and new neighborhood smoother.
When moving or relocating their family, parents strive to do everything in their power to protect their children from the physical and emotional challenges of moving. Let extracurricular activities be your shield. Get and keep your kids involved in the extracurricular activity of their choice before and after a move. One day they’ll thank you for it! For more information about the Moving Families Initiative, and how to keep your children involved in extracurricular activities when you move, please visit www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.