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October 9, 2014 1:32 pm
Moving with children does pose additional considerations when you are planning a move but it's also a time of uncertainty for them. Below are some tips on helping your children cope with the move and make them more comfortable with their new neighborhood.
I hope these tips help you in making the move with your children an enjoyable one!
- Prepare your children for the move and include them in making plans for the move. Get their input on the best way to say 'good-bye' to their old home.
- Take time to show your children their new home, their new bedroom and neighborhood.
- Involve them in deciding how their new bedroom will be arranged.
- Get your child an address book and help them collect phone numbers and addresses of their friends so they can stay in contact with them after the move. Older children can exchange email addresses.
- Go to school with your children the first few days to help them adjust to their new classrooms and teachers.
- Aside from school, investigate other activities or organizations your child can participate in their new neighborhood.
- Listen to your child's concerns on the move and discuss them.
- Maintain your child's daily routine as much as possible.
- Moving stress can be more acute with older children, be sure to watch your children for loss of appetite, insomnia, and unexpected mood changes and consult a doctor or counselor if they persist.
- Give you children packing duty, set aside a box or two that they can pack their favorite toys in.
- For safety, arrange to have smaller children stay with relatives or at a day-care during the major part of loading and unloading the moving truck.
- Bring along travel games or other entertainment for the trip to your new neighborhood.
- For the moving day, pack an ice chest with plenty of sandwiches, snacks and beverages.
- Teach your children your new phone number and address.
- Go on walks with your children in your new neighborhood. This gives them a chance to become familiar with their new neighborhood and they may even meet a new friend or two.
- At the end of the moving day spend some time relaxing with your family; you've all earned it.