Whether it’s across town or across the country, moving is a big deal for families. A big move can be especially hard on children, who might have a new school, new friends, and a new environment to get used to. Here are a few tips for helping kids adjust to moving.
Announce the Move Early
For kids, the scariest thing about moving is facing the unknown. That’s why it’s important that children know to expect a move as early as possible, as it allows them to start mentally preparing for big changes. When announcing the move, be sure to give kids a lot of room to ask questions and to voice their concerns or fears. For kids who are old enough to understand, it can also be helpful to explain the reasons for the move and to list any exciting possibilities that await at the new place.
If Possible, Visit the New Neighborhood
If the new home is a short enough distance away, visiting the area ahead of time can help kids to adjust to the environment and lessen their fear of the unknown. The more time they spend there; the more kids will be comfortable when the day comes to call the new neighborhood home. Once they know what the new house, school, streets, and playgrounds will look and feel like, they can begin to think of moving as something exciting rather than scary.
Let Kids Make a Few Decisions
A great way to make children instantly more comfortable during a move is to give them some control over the situation. When unpacking and getting things situated in the new house, let kids decide how their bedroom furniture will be arranged and what color the walls will be. They can also have a say when it comes to planning the family’s first outings in the new neighborhood, such as eating out or finding fun outdoor activities.
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