You may be caught up or rushing to bit time when there is so much to do before you relocate. You need to look for a reliable, professional moving and storage company, check suitable houses and schools in the new region, and finalize things at work before the big day. In all this, remember to take a breather then patiently talk to your children. They may not understand why the move is necessary, but they may accept and even like the idea with your help. Children love stability, and moving from a familiar environment threatens that. They may first oppose the decision, but with these tips, you will help them cope better.
Let them Know Early Enough
Don’t wait until the last week to inform them of the decision. The more time kids have to digest the news, the more they will think, talk about and finally accept it. Take time to explain in detail to them why you have to move to the new location. If you have found a better job, or your company is transferring you to another area, let them know. Reveal to them the advantages of the move like you can now afford to buy for them the things they’ve been asking for but couldn’t afford before.
They may be afraid of losing their friends, abandon school projects, or fear that no one will want to play with them in the new place. Reassure them, take time to answer their questions, and even make some of the decisions together. For instance, if you already have a list of the schools in the area, go through them together, then help them choose the ones they like. Involve them in the plans and decision making. Ask them how they would want their new rooms painted, anything special they would want to bring along, and any friends they want to meet and say goodbye to before moving.
Choose the Right Time to Move
Moving in between school days can be hectic. The kids will have no time to adjust to the new environment, but it’s better during the school holidays. They will have enough time to say goodbye to their schoolmates and get their contact details to keep in touch. They will also have time to attend any important school events before relocating. Additionally, they will have enough time to check out the school, the neighborhood and even make a few friends before schools reopen in the new location. This gives them an easier time adjusting to the new school.
Make Sure to Carry Most of their Treasured Belongings
Moving houses also means getting rid of stuff you no longer need. You may not want to carry all your property to the new place but make sure to pack your children’s treasures. They may have insecurities in the new environment but having their treasured belongings such as dolls, blankets, toys, or a favorite chair helps them feel comfortable and adapt quickly. If possible, let them decide and help with the packing. Let it be up to them what they should or shouldn’t carry.
Moving with kids shouldn’t be stressful. With the right approach and patience, the entire family can be excited and looking forward to the new life.