Moving with Children

It’s that time of year! Summer is coming and so is the height of the moving season. Moving is a stressful time for any family, especially if you are having to change school districts. To help you be mindful of your children’s needs in regards to a move, below are some tips to help them ease into the transition without being totally overwhelmed.

  • Inform your kids as early as possible about the move. Talk to them about it frequently to reinforce that it is going to happen.
  • Children will respond to this news in different ways, but the bottom line is that their reaction usually stems from fear. Encourage them to ask questions and be honest with your answers.
  • Involve your children as much as possible when planning the move. Take them with you to look at possible new homes. Once you have decided on a home, let them draw out how they are going to arrange their bedroom furniture, toys, or playroom.
  • Have your child pack their box of their most favorite items and label it. Then, let them unpack it first thing when you get to the new house.

These may seem like simple things to do, but they make a huge difference. You should also help your children adjust to their new community and school.

  • Take your children to tour their new school. Inquire about a buddy system for new students and the possibility of meeting their teachers.
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood so your child is familiar with their surroundings. If there is a park nearby, take your children to play and introduce them to the other children in the neighborhood.

The best thing you can do for your child once you are settled in is get back to a normal routine. If school isn’t in session, have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at set times. Also, try to set a bedtime routine. And as always, remember tell them you love them.

Each of your children will handle a move in their own way. Some kids will see the move as an adventure and adapt quickly, while for others, it can take longer. Just remember, kids are resilient and most will adapt in about two to three months.