Your family’s move can be an exciting time for you and your children. It can also be a stressful and sad time. Moving represents change which can be difficult at any age. Sharing and reading picture books about moving is a great way to prepare kids for what’s ahead and give voice to the range of feelings that they may be experiencing.
Most children have an adventurous, curious side to them. Try appealing to this side when telling them that the family is moving. This way, you’ll help them view the move as an experience that can lead to exciting discoveries.
Even in their excitement, young children will feel sadness at leaving familiar people, places and activities. Help your kids with concrete ways to make the “old place to the new place” transition. Following are some tips for you to help your young children cope with the move.
Telling Younger Children About The Move
- Explain where and why you are moving.
- Highlight benefits of moving that your kids can understand.
- Use maps and pictures to help illustrate where you are going
and make the move more concrete.
- Reassure them that their life won’t change dramatically.
What To Expect
Moving to a new place can affect a child’s behavior and emotions. Toddlers and young children are egocentric. When you show stress, they may think it’s because of something they did. Be mindful of your emotions and actions in their presence and give them plenty of reassurance.
Younger kids may be the most eager members of your moving team. Let your kids help by assigning tasks you know they can handle.
- Make a list of all the questions your child
has about moving.
- Create an address book.
- Be sure to allocate enough time to say your special goodbyes.
- Make a last visit to their favorite places.
- Plan their new bedroom.
Helpful Advice From Parents Who Have Been There
- Keep your kids in the loop on important
- Visit the new school and community before you move.
- Try to keep things and routines familiar.
- Set up a toddler’s new room similar to their
- Think about volunteering at school. It might be nice for your child to have a reassuring presence in an unfamiliar environment.
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