Our family is going through a huge transition right now. My husband and I are both in the Air Force. He recently left for his deployment for a year to Afghanistan and should return next summer. I too, will be deploying at the end of October for 4 months. The issue we are having is deciding what to do with regarding kids' changing schools. I need your advice on how changing schools will affect my 7-year old daughter and 4 year-old son. Please note that while I am deployed, my kids will stay with their grandparents in a different state. Below our options we have:
1. Enroll my kids in school and start the beginning of the year where grandparents live. They will stay there until I return from my deployment in Feb 2014. They will switch schools after 3rd quarter. The downside is my kids will be away from me Aug 13 – Feb 14. I can fly to see them on weekends.
2. Have my kids start school and stay with me until October and after first quarter pull them out of school. They will go to grandparents to start school 2nd Quarter. The benefit is that they are with me. When I return from my deployment, switch schools after 3rd quarter and come back home with me. Downside is they will be switching schools twice.
3. Have my kids start school and stay with me until October and after first quarter pull them out of school. They will go to grandparents to start school 2nd Quarter and finish up school year. Downside they will be away from me from Oct 13- Jun 14 .
4. Enroll my kids in school and start at the beginning of the year where grandparents live. They will stay enrolled for the entire school year. Positive = they will not change schools, negative, they will be away from me from Aug -13 to Jun 14.
Please note that grandparents are retired and can dedicate 100% of their time to my children. My daughter stated that she wanted to stay with me until October because she wants to see her old friends again. She is okay with starting a new school and meeting new friends. The school where grandparents live is private and much better than the one at home. My daughter is very outgoing and can adapt to change. She is independent and likes to take the lead. My son, on the other hand, is totally opposite, reserved and shy.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. Any advice will be very much appreciated.
From: Danielle, Colorado Springs.