Moving to a new home is one of life's most stressful events for adults. But for children, it can be an even more devastating experience if you do not handle it the right way. These five tips will help make it simpler to transition your child into a new home.
How to Help Your Child Cope with Moving
Involve your kids. Preparing your child for the move is one of the best ways to reduce their anxiety levels and make the entire experience go smoother. A great way to bring your children into the moving process is to allow them to help you "choose" your new home. When you plan to move locally, bring your child to look at potential homes with you. For long-distance moves, show them pictures of the new place and discuss what they like about the new place.
Answer their questions. Moving from the only home a child knows to a mysterious new town and house is scary. Help ease their fears by asking them if they have any questions. Try to answer these questions they have openly and honestly. It is also helpful to read a storybook which focuses on moving to younger kids to help them realize they are not the only ones who are experiencing the same worries about moving.
Get your kids to think positively about moving. Show your children photos of their new rooms and help them to begin to brainstorm ways to decorate them. Encourage your kids to look through catalogs or online for furniture and decorations they love. Allow them to cut out or print pictures of the items and create a mood board. This project gives children something to look forward to when they arrive at the new house.
Host a going away party. Leaving behind friends is one of the toughest parts of moving. Help your child create good memories with their friends by doing something fun together. Take your child and their friends to do an activity they love or enjoy a favorite meal together. Make sure your child gets the email addresses and phone numbers for their friends and give their parents your new phone number and home address.
Help your kids adjust as quickly as possible. Once you arrive at your new home, make sure your kids are adjusting to their environment. Take your school-aged children to the school they will attend and let them meet their teachers before attending the first day of class. Take a tour of the area and visit as many kids-friendly places as possible. Enroll your child in activities which can help them meet new friends.
When you move with kids, you already have a lot on your mind. Don't let your choice of a moving company add even more stress. True Friends Moving is an expert when it comes to helping families move in the Greater Nashville area. Call (615) 240-2811 to receive a free moving quote.