If a client has the “luxury” of deciding when is the best time to move the children, when should that move take place, during the school year or over the traditional summer break?
For example, I have a client who is most likely moving in September for work but is not going to move the children until their school year is over in 2008. This client is moving from Irvine, CA to Dallas, TX and will commute until the remaining family can move in 2008 at the end of their school year. My personal experience would lead me to advise the client to move the children during the school year for a couple of reasons. Summer is very, very hot here in Dallas and many people leave for extended vacations. I often relate that the summers of Texas are much like the winters of the Northeast, except that everyone stays inside to keep cool rather than warm. Recreational sports teams take a break over the summer, parks and playgrounds are empty by late morning, and pools and waterparks are fun but expensive, and how much fun after the second week of constant swimming?
If a client moves during the school year, I understand that the children are interrupting their school year, but they do move into an environment that has organized activities already in place. As difficult as a move can be, maybe jumping in feet first is a good choice.
Of course there are many factors to consider when planning the timing of a move with children. School calendars, climate, community, ages of children and their activities are just a few.
What are other experiences that consultants have had?