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Moving with kids can be a challenge, but it can also be an adventure! Children react to moving in different ways. A child who frets about change may need more encouragement. Another child may take the move in stride and enjoy the process of exploring a new city. In addition to temperament, the age of your child is a factor to consider. A toddler might not skip a beat, while a teen might find it difficult to leave friends. Consider each child’s personality and circumstances individually so you can successfully address his or her concerns.
Get Them Involved
Moving with kids can be much easier when you make your children feel they are important members of the family moving team. Be upbeat from the start, and talk to your children as much as possible. Have them come up with ideas on how to make the move better and easier on them. Here are a few fun and easy things you can do to help your children get involved:
- Ask them to help plan for and organize a garage sale if you choose to have one. They could make colorful posters to place around the neighborhood. To encourage them to let go of outgrown items, promise them any proceeds from the sale of their toys and other possessions will be used to purchase something special at your new home.
- Allow younger children to choose a few items to keep with them for the trip. Younger children may want a favorite toy or book. Older children may choose their personal electronic devices or a few other personal things.
- Empower your kids by letting them pack and label a few of their own boxes.
- Make sure each child has a special job to take care of on moving day. This will help them feel as if they're making a valuable contribution and will help keep them occupied while you supervise the movers.
When Moving with Kids:
- Tell them about the move as soon as possible. You might think that the less time children have to think about leaving their home, the easier it will be for them, but many experts say young minds need time to get used to the idea of moving.
- Welcome your children's questions. Open lines of communication will go a long way toward helping your children feel comfortable with moving. It's okay if you can't answer all their questions right now. Your child's questions can give you an idea of how they're feeling – whether they're excited or uneasy. Some questions may offer a way to get them involved in the moving process.
- Be positive about the move. Your attitude about the move will influence your children's attitude. Be positive and your kids will likely follow your lead. If you’re upbeat about the new experiences and opportunities in store, your children will be more likely to feel the same way.
- Let your kids know you encourage and appreciate their help. This is a good time to emphasize that the move is a family event and that everyone will be part of the process. Help your kids think of things they can do and how to get ready for the move. If it is practical, take them with you on your house-hunting trip. In cases where it might not be practical to have them tag along, bring back pictures of houses you're considering.
- Help your kids say good-bye. Some families like to schedule a going-away party. If you have school-age kids, collaborate with their friends’ parents to create a memory book with photos of your good times together. Be sure to include contact information so everyone can stay in touch.
You might think that the less time children have to think about leaving their home, the easier it will be for them, but many experts say young minds need time to get used to the idea of moving.
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