BIG FISH BECOMING LITTLE FISH… What to expect as your kids transition from primary school to high school.
If you’ve got a child that’s about to leap from primary to high school, your ‘big fish’ is about to plunge back into a much bigger pond and feel quite small again. The change can feel as big as that very first leap into ‘big’ school – for both parents and kids alike!
Here’s what to expect as they go from being the “big kids” in primary school to the “little kids” in high school:
What To Expect
First and foremost, expect a whirlwind of emotions. Your child is about to enter a new world with unfamiliar faces, bigger buildings, and a more demanding academic environment. It’s natural for them to feel a mix of excitement and apprehension. As parents, be ready for the emotional rollercoaster that often accompanies this transition.
Academically, high school is a big step up. There will be more homework, increased expectations, and possibly new subjects to tackle. Your child may need to adjust their study habits and time management skills to keep up with the workload.
Socially, friendships will naturally shift, and your child may find themselves in new social circles. Encourage them to be open to meeting new people and forming connections.
Remind them that it’s okay to be the “new kid” and to look out for other kids who might be feeling similarly.
Smooth The Transition Through Preparation
Start by involving your child in discussions about what to expect. Share your own school experiences, the good and the challenging, to help them feel more at ease.
Visit the new school together, if possible. Familiarise yourselves with the layout and facilities. This can help reduce the anxiety of navigating a larger campus on the first day.
Talk to your child’s new teachers and attend parent orientation sessions. The more you know about the school’s culture, policies, and expectations, the better you can guide your child.
Encourage your child to take on more responsibility at home. High school often means more independence, so help them build essential life skills like time management, organisation, and problem-solving in advance.
Make Space For Self-Discovery
The transition from “big kid” to “little kid” again can be challenging and disorientating, but it’s also an opportunity for your teen to start afresh. It’s an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery.
Talk to them about making responsible choices, standing up for themselves, and seeking help when needed, then step back.
This might be hard (for them and you), but it will teach them resilience. High school can be tough, and your child needs to understand that setbacks and disappointments are part of the journey.
Remember, while they may be “little kids” in high school, they’re also stepping into a world of possibilities and opportunities to grow and shine like never before.
Good luck moms – you’ve got this!