Despite the aggravation that comes with moving, it is an inevitable reality of life. Moving somewhere new can often be the start of a new chapter in your life. Whether it’s because of a new job, a new school, a new community, or simply a new adventure, a new home is a new beginning for your family with new opportunities. Still, it’s not an easy change for everyone and some of the most affected individuals throughout the process tend to be children. To children, specifically those below the age of 5, they often experience a fear of abandonment by their parents when trying to understand how the move will affect them. Those a little older tend to focus on how their everyday lives will be impacted, and teenagers mostly focus on leaving behind their already established social life. All of these fears and concerns will likely arise when moving with your kids and it’s up to you to ease the transition as best you can. Here are some ways in which you can make moving less stressful on your family.
Communicating with your children, as early as possible in the process is perhaps one of the best things you can do. Asking them about how they feel about it will not only allow you to understand their feelings but, it will also make your child feel important and considered throughout the whole process. If you have enough time, show your kids the neighborhoods you’re considering in the new area and show them places where they can play and take part in activities. In addition to this, get your kids excited over their new bedrooms by bouncing ideas back and forth. Nothing excites children more than having their whimsical ideas entertained. Another important thing to consider, is trying to maintain connected to your old community as much as possible if your children have friends and family there. Things like Skype, phone calls, or even mailing letters can help your child feel reassured that they’re not losing these people in their lives. Putting your children at ease will without a doubt put you at ease as well.
Your children will remember their moving experience for a long time and you want to make sure it is not marred with sad memories. Try and make sure you consider as many of these tips as you can in your moving process so that you can all begin this new adventure with as much positivity as possible!