Nowadays moving to a different place is not unusual. As stressful a move can be for you, the experience can be even more disruptive for your children. Here a couple of tips to make the process easier on your kids.
1. Discuss The Big Change
Don’t leave your child in the dark about the relocation. Give them
enough information and time to get used to the idea. Try to answer
their questions clearly and honestly. Kids may not always understand
the reasons for this huge step and may focus on the negative aspects
of the move. Be patient with them and preserve your positive
attitude. Eventually they will accept the new situation.
2. Make Them Part of the Process
Toddlers and younger children can assist with the packing. At this
age, children love to collect items and stack them in boxes. Use
their curiosity and eagerness to help and get them excited about the
move. Older children and teens may enjoy going house-hunting with
you or shopping for new furniture. You can even take them to the new
place, so they can get to know the area. If you are moving to a distant location, provide your children with enough information about
their new home.
3. Time Your Move
Timing is important if you are moving with school-aged kids. Some
experts claim that the best time to relocate is in the summer to
avoid interrupting the school year. According to others, midyear is a
good period because the child can socialize with other kids right
4. Moving With Teens
Often teens may rebel against the relocation. They have an established social group and may fear that they will not be accepted in the new place. Talk about their concerns and try to address them adequately. You can also plan for a comeback visit.
Good luck with your next move!