Parents: 10 Tips to Prepare Young Children for a Move
“Allowing your child to decide what to do with his/her worn toys provides them a feeling of control in a situation that is largely, out of their control.”
#1 – TALK EARLY
Tell your children about the upcoming move as soon as possible.
#2 – PROS & CONS:
Discuss with your children, in an age-appropriate manner, some of the pros and cons of moving.
#3 – LET THEM HELP
Encourage your children†to help you investigate your new community.
#4 – RESIST THE URGE TO PURGE
When packing, resist the urge to throw out all of your children’s old, unused toys.
#5 – PACK LAST
Pack any young children’s belongings last; allowing them prolonged access to their familiar possessions reduces their anxiety.
#7 – MOVING PARTY
Ask your child if he/she would like to have a moving party.
#8 – TIMING
Most kids make new friends at school fairly easily, but if your moving date is scheduled after the end of the school year, your child could be facing a long, lonely summer break.
#9 – EXPLORING DAY
Once the move has taken place, organize a “family exploring day”.
#10 – DECORATING
Involve your children†in deciding how to decorate their new bedrooms.
Above all, keep the communication lines open – before, during, and after the move. Depending on the child, it can take anywhere from a few days to many months to adjust to their new surroundings.
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