October 25, 2018
Moving can be a hard and stressful time and transition for just about anyone. If you have young children, it can be even more of a confusing time. There are some things that you can do to help prepare your child for a move. Here are 4 tips to consider:
Have a Talk
The first thing you need to do to help your child prepare for a move is tell them. The amount of details that you provide will depend on their age. But, overall let them know the basic details – everyone in the family is moving, where you plan on moving to, what the house looks like, and when you will be leaving your current home.
If you already have the house picked out and you are close enough to it, bring your child along with you. Or, if you are in the house hunting process, bring them with you as well – it will help them to feel more involved. They may get excited once they see what their new bedroom will look like or what kind of yard they will have to play in.
If you plan on moving to a new town and it is within driving distance take them to the town so they can see that the town has some of their favorite types of things whether it be a library, movie theater or ice cream shop. Take them for a tour of their new school if you can and visit the local park. If you are not within driving distance for a quick day trip, then get out a map or pull one up online. Explain where you live now and where you will be moving to on the map. Pull up pictures and other information about the town online, so they can become as familiar with it as possible.
Get Them Involved
Once they understand where they are going and what things will be like, have them help out with the move. If your child is a little bit older, they can pack up their own room. If they are a bit younger, have them help when you are packing up their room. Have them set aside a few of their favorite things to keep with them during the move.
Right before the official moving date, take your child to their favorite places in the town where you currently reside. Take pictures of the home they have been growing up in and help them to say good-bye.
With a little bit of patience and understanding, you can help your child understand and prepare for a move.