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Tips for Helping Your Kids when Moving to a New Location

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Posted On : Oct 06, 2014

Moving to a new home can be an exciting time, but requires some adjustment for everyone. For children, moving can be an especially stressful time. Children love routine, and relocating the family to someplace entirely new disrupts all of that. But that doesn’t mean that your kids will never adjust to their new home or find new friends at their new school. With a little bit of preparation, it’s possible to make the moving process as easy as possible on your children.

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  1. Discuss the move with your kids. People move for a variety of reasons, some of them more favorable than others. But even if you got a promotion at work and can now afford your dream home, your children might not share your excitement. Talk to your kids about why you are moving. Even if the move isn’t under the best of circumstances, focus on all of the positive changes that will come with the move, such as a new playground nearby or a restaurant that you’re excited to make your new favorite.
  2. Show your kids around the neighborhood. Take your children on a tour of the new neighborhood and let them see how excited you are about moving there. If you’re moving across town, this should be easy enough. But if you’re moving across the country, take advantage of technology like Google Street View to take a virtual stroll around the block.
  3. Ask your kids for help planning the move-in. Sketch a rough floor plan of the new home and ask your kids to help plan where everything should go. If possible, let them choose which room will be theirs and draw little icons representing their beds, dresser, and toy boxes. Let your children help you pack—do this during a time when you don’t expect to get much real work done—and explain to them how you’re going to unpack everything when you get to the new home.
  4. Introduce your kids to their new school. If you have toddlers or preschool age children, take them with you on a tour of the new daycare or preschool and let them meet their new teachers. For older children, gather all of the information on the new school that you can from the school’s website and local news. If you are the parent of a teen, research the school’s available activities and find ones similar to what your child is involved with now. If the school is local, inquire about a possible orientation session for new students.
  5. Find children’s books on the subject of moving. Thereare a ton of great children’s books out there that can help children relate to their upcoming move. Young children especially love to find real world examples of what they’ve read about in their favorite books. Find examples in the books of things you know you’ll be experiencing yourself during the move and do your best to get your kids excited about them.
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