Relocating with children?
Moving with children doesn't have to be stressful. Children love a good adventure and will most likely embrace the moving process if they are involved in every aspects along the way. By involving your children directly in the process, moving with them can be fun, instead of strained and trying.
At Allied Pickfords, we have come up with some easy ways to incorporate your kids into the moving process. Not only will this help you, but it will help your children better adjust to the idea of relocating.
Fun projects and small packing tasks can all help your children to feel part of the move. Here are some tips for moving with children and getting them excited about the process.
- Tell your children about the move as soon as possible to avoid the possibility that they may hear about it by accident.
- Talk with them, sharing the details you think they will understand – ask about and listen to their reactions.
- Children of different ages respond differently to a move. For example;
- Younger children tend to miss familiar people like a favourite teacher, as well as safe and secure environments like school, church, and particularly their own bedrooms
- Older children, especially teenagers, tend to miss their friends and others in the community with whom they have forged relationships
- Involve your children in all aspects of your relocation, if possible, including house-hunting, planning the move, and tasks that are age-appropriate
- Have your children help pack a special box with their most treasured possessions – they may even like to decorate the outside of the box so that they can quickly identify it in your new home
- Ask for your children’s input on decorating or arranging things in their new rooms
- Encourage your children to take the time to say goodbye to their friends and to maintain ties by exchanging contact details. In the age of email and social media, this will help your older kids to remain connected in a real-time sense with the people whom they have forged relationships with.
- Make plans to continue your child’s current activities (such as sports, dance classes etc.,) in your new community – continuity will make adjusting to a new location much easier.
The above tips for moving with children are suggestions for ways to get your kids involved with move and to help prevent adjustment issues in their new living situation. Also, letting the children help pack and take part in the house-hunting process, can be of great assistance to you during the busy time of moving. After all, everyone appreciates a little extra help with the packing! And, it makes your kids feel special and needed in this important time of transition.
Moving with children can be a rewarding experience for both you and them. Moving should be a time of excitement and adventure. By involving your kids in various aspects of the move, you can reduce their stress levels and ease your tension about moving with children.
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