Maybe you remember when you were a kid how you felt when your parents said your family has to move. Most people have gone through at least one such relocation. However, many of us do forget how we felt when we had to move as kids and how we dealt with the stress, irritation and so on. Yes, in fact moving is an adventure, but oftentimes children are not embracing it with open arms. And since you care for your children, you want them to not be sad and uncomfortable, and to make the entire process easier. We have some tips for you and if you are still considering moving, take notice of our services.
Younger children (up to 6 or 7 of age) don’t usually have such a hard time moving. However, middle-graders and teenagers can really be affected by a move. Many of them worry about not being able to see their friends when they want, or they have to figure out their out-of-school activities all over again. Especially in our day and age, when we are so hectic about everything, our children can grow even more anxious just because they don’t know what do when do move to a place.
So one think you can do prior to moving is to go look around the area for activities in which your children may partake. If they play any sports, go look around for such a sport around the place where you are moving to. Whatever you do, don’t forget to talk to your kid about the move, explain to them why you need to move and what will you do when you get there. You can talk about redecorating their new room, you can reassure them that true friends will always stay friends and with technology nowadays it’s not hard to keep in touch.
Things tend to be more difficult with teenagers, but the most important thing is to deal with them like they are adults. Don’t try to sugarcoat a fact or dumb it down just because they are still kids to you. Relate to them that you do understand their concerns and will be with them through the entire process. Switching schools as a teenager is never an easy thing, many times if the child doesn’t have the support of the parent, anxiety starts to grow and denial of reentering the social aspect of school is also a possibility.
One thing you can do to make it easier for them is to take them to their soon-to-be school, let the principal have a word with your children and make sure that it is a good school after all. Things have changed since the last decade or generation and now they are much better when accommodating a new student. If the school is decent enough you won’t have to worry about your child not being able to fit, but you still need to talk about it, and make sure that your kid understands that you are indeed there for them.
Moving is stressful, tedious at times, but it can also be interesting, fun and an overall adventure. Just make sure that you have everything ready for when you have to move, so that the process is smooth and easy.