Let Them Know What Is Going On
Talk to your children up front about the upcoming move to a new home. Although they may be sad about leaving their neighborhood, school and friends, you should encourage them to focus on the new experiences they will have in their new home. Help them find out what interesting things there are to do near the new neighborhood to get them excited. They will also probably have a lot of fun planning to decorate their new bedrooms.
Let Them Help
Have you children participate in packing and unpacking. Give them markers to clearly mark their belongings.
You may also want your children to plan a “good bye” party for their friends. Have the invited kids sign a tee shirt with a special farewell message. You can give those kids an address book with contact information or self-addressed cards to stay in touch.
Packing Their Stuff
If a child has a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal, be sure such items either travel with you or are clearly marked in a box that says “open first”.
Another tip is to de-clutter when the kids are asleep or at school. If you planning on shedding some of their toys it might be easier to do so when they do not see what is happening with their things.
Be sure take a break from unpacking and enjoy fun family activities to break up that stress of moving into your new home.
Have your children join new sports teams and clubs so they start to make new friends right away.
The New Kid
Some children fear the unknown and being the “new kid” at school. You will need to reassure them that although they will be new at the beginning, this “new” title does not stay long.
You may want to ask a new teacher to pair your child with someone with similar interests.
If you child has a special connection to a friend, be sure to stay in touch. From Skype to FaceTime to texting to online video games, you can encourage your child to stay connected with a favorite pal.
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