Summer means moving time for a lot of families, and while moving may be exciting for adults, it can be kind of traumatic for children. In the midst of preparations, packing and looking for a new house, often parents forget that special care needs to be taken with their kids to ease the transition. Here are some tips to help make your move with kids as smooth as possible.
1. Preparing For The Move
• Remember, attitude can be everything! Even if you are not thrilled to be moving, you should project a positive attitude to your kids. They will pick up on whatever signals you send them.
• Try to make sure you take time for yourself. Concentrate on getting enough rest, eat right and exercise during the transition so you’ll be able to handle the transition in a healthy way and be available to your children.
• When you have a chance, bring your kids along when you go house hunting so they feel involved with the process.
• If you're moving to another city, do some research and show your kids where you'll be moving. Put together information on local attractions, area features, historical data, etc. Visit your new community's web site and check it out it together.
• Gather information on the local sports teams or other extra-curricular activities that interest your child so you know how and when to sign up. For older children involved in high school sports, look at area newspapers to read up on the teams' activities.
• Encourage your kids to take part in the moving process. Younger children can help pack their favorite belongings themselves to help them realize that although the family will be in a new home, their stuff will stay with them.
• Reassure them that they will not lose contact with their current friends.
• Before you leave, let each child say goodbye to the old house. Give them the closure they need so that they can move on.
2. Settling In Your New Home
• Stick to a routine. Have dinner at the same time every night and make sure the kids are in bed at a specific time. It may be difficult in the midst of unpacking moving, but it’s important to assimilate the kids in as soon as possible.
• Be consistent with your discipline. Don’t let misbehavior slide because you’re too tired and stressed out to deal with issues. The sooner you establish that this home is just like the old one, the better.
• Take your kids to visit his or her new school and arrange to meet the teachers.
• Encourage your kids to write about his or her hopes and expectations for the new home.
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