PLANNING A MOVE WITH CHILDREN

Moving can be a very stressful time for adults, but is equally difficult for children. Here are some tips to help their transition go smoothly.

  • Try to stay upbeat and calm. Children can sense when their parents are stressed
  • Involve children with the packing. Older children can pack their belongings and young children can decorate boxes.
  • Help you children say goodbye to the important people in their lives. Offer to get an address book so they can keep in touch with their old friends and neighbors.
  • Don’t pack special belongings out of reach. Especially during transition, children need their blankets or prized toys near by.
  • If you are moving to a new neighborhood or town, try to enroll your children in activities so they get involved and meet new friends.
  • Show your kids their new home and room as soon as possible to alleviate any anxiety of the unknown.
  • To make your new house seem more like home, place your child’s photo in a prominent location.
  • Let you children have a say in how their new room is decorated. It will make them feel more involved and excited about the prospect of a new home.
  • On the other hand, if possible, don’t get brand new everything for your child’s room unless you have discussed it with them. Children may take comfort in sleeping in their own bed or with their own bedding to make new surroundings feel more familiar.
  • Children thrive on a routine. Try to keep meals and bedtime the same during the move.
  • Even thought you’ll be anxious, don’t spend too much time unpacking until your children are more secure. Take your cue from them to see how much is too much.
  • Start a new family album with pictures of the move, new friends, school etc. to start a new chapter in your family’s life.
Most importantly, listen to your children. Try to spend as much time as possible with them to make sure that their adjustment is as smooth as possible.

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