Moving a family and children
Make your move Easier for your family
Moving to a new home is always stressful, and it is also stressful on children. Even the youngest children have problems transitioning to a new home. Here are a few ideas to help make the move easier on those with a family and children.
Tell the children about it as early as possible. Do not surprise them with the information and then move soon after that. Children need time to digest information, ask questions and get used to the idea.
When you tell children about the move, talk about it in positive terms. Help them get excited about new and better schools, better entertainment facilities, shopping malls, new friends etc.
Ensure them that they can keep in touch with their old friends and visit (if this is possible) as much as they want
Make sure to keep a positive attitude about the move, as well as the moving process, which is also stressful. Depending on the age of the child, let them help with the packing of their items. Try to make it fun and exciting.
Depending on the age of the child, let them help pick out their new bedroom and any new furniture, if applicable. Also, let them assist with arranging how their new bedroom will be.
Try to keep the attitude that this is a new an exciting adventure. Kids will also become excited if they see you are.
Answer any questions as honestly as possible. When children have negative comments about the move, try to stay positive and do not become angry.
If your schedule allows, try to move after the school year. Teenagers, especially, do not like being the “new kid” and can blend in easier at the beginning of a school year. Younger children are usually not so sensitive about this, but discuss it with the child.
Keep them as informed as possible, throughout the process.
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