Moving is often an exciting time of change for a family, but can be scary for children. They may fear leaving friends and a whole new world. It might be hard to see positives. Here’s a few ways to ease the transition of moving for children so they don’t fear all of the upcoming changes.
Talk To Them
Allow kids to be part of the moving process by being open and honest about every part. Ask them how they feel about it and if there are any parts they fear. If people are going to be looking at your home as you sell it, explain the process to them so they understand why people are lurking around their room. Talk to them about their new school and tell them about all of the exciting places in the area. This may help them realize the family isn’t moving to another planet, just another location. Explain that everything will be coming with them that’s in the home so it their world isn’t turned upside down, they will still have the same belongings.
Schedule times for your child to say goodbyes to their best friends. If the move is local, explain they will still see these friends; they just will have to drive instead of bike over to their house. If they are moving far away, get all of the friends’ contact information so your child can stay in contact. Explain they will make new friends, but can always keep close to their old friends. Many times children feel as if moving means all of their friends are gone with the wind and they have to make all new friends so it’s important to have a time of goodbye so they get assurance that those friends are only a phone call away.
Join Facebook groups and find events in your new area before you move. Be ready to get the children involved in the community so they can quickly feel a part of the new world. Ask other parents on Facebook or community groups to get together so your children can meet one another. Getting them enrolled in sports or other activities will help them stay busy and branch out quickly. Getting them involved means they aren’t sitting in their room wallowing in their self-pity, but getting out and figuring out the new place.
In conclusion, moving can be tough on children, but it isn’t the end of the world. As long as they understand the new place and get closure with the old place, the transition won’t be as difficult for them. The world may be changing, but it doesn’t have to be entirely flipped upside down without hope.