Preparing your Child for a Move

Published Feb 12, 2016 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

Moving with your family can be exciting, but it can also be sad and stressful. Leaving your home may be especially hard for your kids. We suggest some very careful preparation and conversations before and after the move.

You’ve decided to make a move which includes separating your children from their loving home. This for sure will be difficult for you, but also for your kids. 

There are many negative reactions that you may expect from your child: they may be angry with you, because of the move. They may be sad, because they are leaving old friends and their favorite places. They may even be scared to start at a new school. However your kid may actually be more excited to move than you – the new home will make him/her meet new people and discover new places. 

One idea we highly recommend is making a moving checklist for before and after your relocation. It will help you remember some of the more important things about the move and how to help your child cope with the new setting. Get some information about what type of entertainment your new neighbourhood provides. It will help your kid adjust faster. After the man with a van arrives and all of your boxes are gathered in your new home ask your child to help you unpack and decorate. 

Before you pack up everything make sure you make a special box for your child's favorite toys. The best way to do this is to ask your kid to bring you all of his favorite things that he/she wants to see first in the new house. Arranging your kid's new room old stuff will make them more comfortable in the new surroundings.

Saying goodbye old friends may be difficult, but you can make things easier by throwing a goodbye party with the people they love. The same idea is relevant to do in your new neighbourhood. After a while when your kid meets new people you may want to invite them to a welcome party with some pizza and games to help them get to know each other better.

One of the important things to do when relocating a child is to ensure your kid that you appreciate their opinion and feelings. Let them know that you’re sympathetic and understand that it is okay to feel nervous about the new place and people. Explain why you made the decision to move and what the positive impact that it will have for the entire family. 

Living in the new place may be a hard time for you and your family during the first weeks. However, by making your child feel comfortable about the moving process everyone will feel less stressed right away. Moving to another place may make your child sad, because of all of the memories they have in your previous home, but we believe that in the long run the move will make them even happier. 

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March 10, 2016, 2:39 a.m. Flag

These are all such great tips. As you say, moving is hard for anyone, not just children, but sometimes it can feel like the end of the world for a child to have to start at a new school and make new friends. I know how that feels, and it's not nice, but it's a great idea to throw a goodbye party as well as pack up all of the kids' favorite toys in one box. The hardest thing when it comes to packing is finding specific things that may be in totally different boxes, so this makes sure you have them on hand as soon as you arrive!


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