It can be difficult for parents to deal with the moving process, but it can also be hard on their children. It is not easy leaving the stable and familiar for something unfamiliar. In many cases moving means a new school, new friends, and a new environment. It’s not that kids don’t like changes, they are just more vulnerable to them.
With the proper explanation you can help your child to understand. But be sure to tell them as soon as the idea appears. Don’t hide it. The more time they have to get used to the idea of relocating will help them to accept the idea.
Emphasize on the positive aspects and involve them in the decision making process. Knowing the reason why the move is necessary can help them understand the situation better. It will be stressful for them at first, but with time it will get better.
If you are moving locally, you can take a day off to give your child a tour of their new home. Explain to them where each room will be positioned and focus on where their room will be. Let them see the view from the window, look around and explore. This will hint that the decision of relocation is final. Talk to your children about the way they imagine their future room.
On “Moving Day”, be sure to give special attention to your child by allowing them to keep a few of their favorite toys with them or even have a new toy ready to give them. This may help ease their anxiety so that they won’t feel too sad about moving. Assure your child that many other pleasant things are awaiting him/her once you get there and settle down.
The little ones enjoy being part of what adults do, so you can allow your child to help unpack clothes and arrange them in drawers. Give your child the impression that he/she is in charge and you’re only helping. Ask him/her where they want to put a certain item and give your opinion on how it will look like there.
Once you’ve arranged furniture and settled down, organize a party in order for you to meet the neighbors and for your children to have the chance to make new friends. Take care of your children’s favorite treats and drinks, and make the day special and worth remembering. This will definitely cheer your kid up like any other fun activity. Socializing is a step forward for your child to feel the new place as a safe home.
In the meantime, pay as much attention to your kid as you can, observing his/her mood and asking about the way he/she feels. Do whatever you can to make your child feel comfortable so that you can feel that way too. Communication is important, so make your children believe that the new place is going to be even better than the old one. Talk about the possibilities, the nearby park with plenty of fun stuff to do there, for instance. With time your child will accept the move to your new home and you will, once again, fall into a normal and everyday routine.
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