At Turner Moving and Storage, we strive to make the entire moving experience a positive one for your entire family. When a family is moving, whatever the reasons may be, there is potential for the needs of children to be overlooked. When this happens, parents can be surprised to find that there may be certain behaviors exhibited by their children that they were not anticipating, which can lead to additional stress on the family.
Here are some effective tips for making the transition as smooth as possible for your children:
– Include the children in making plans for the move. For example, take them with you, if possible when you go hunting for your new house or apartment.
– If you are moving to a distant place, help your children learn about the new area. Many cities have websites devoted to opportunities and information for youngsters.
– By using dolls, boxes, and a wagon, children can get a feeling for the concept of moving through play-acting.
– Let the children help decide how their new rooms are to be arranged and decorated.
– Take the time to make a last visit to places your family is particularly fond of, but add that future visits are still possible.
– Encourage the children to exchange addresses with their friends. If practical, consider letting them have their current friends visit them at the new home. A telephone call or messaging an old friend is a low-cost way to relieve any post-move letdown.
– Prepare a travel package for each child containing favorite toys, clothing and snacks. Label it with the child’s name.
– Survey your new home for loose steps, lo overhangs, and other possible accident-producers. Keep an eye on the children until they become familiar with the new home’s peculiarities.
– Take a break with the family as soon as the major unpacking is done. Don’t try to do everything as soon as you arrive.
– Both parents should spend time with all their children after the move, listening to what they’ve learned about the new school and new friends.
– The first few weeks in a new school may be difficult for your child. Follow their progress closely, and if any problems increase or don’t go away with time, don’t hesitate to visit with their teacher. Accompanying them to school the first few days may ease both their mind and yours.
– Younger children may react to the move by reverting to babyish actions. Be reassuring, not scolding. They will soon relax and return to normal behavior.
– Any abnormalities that linger – particularly physical ones, such as loss of appetite, insomnia, constipation, menstrual disorder- should be referred to a doctor. Be sure to mention that your family recently relocated.
– If you are moving to a radically different environment – rural to urban, or vice versa – advise your children about the new situations they will face.
We will be expanding this conversation here on our website, but hope that this brief list will help you and your family make your next move a happy one for all involved.