Moving can be extremely stressful for children, who have to leave behind family, friends, teachers, and an environment they are familiar with.
One thing that helps is to think through solutions to problems in advance.
Talk about issues that might come up, like making new friends or getting lost. Discuss how you’ll tackle the problem. Facing these issues is less stressful with a plan. Emphasize that you will be taking all of their stuff with you. Their toys, blankets, and furniture won’t be left behind. There are many storybooks out there that focus on the theme of moving and they can be a great tool to use with your young ones in a way that they understand.
Change is hard for everyone, especially for the kids in your family. Younger children might not understand why they are moving or what a move even is. The new environment, all the people, and busyness can be upsetting for them. There are many dangers of a move for small children, so make sure they are not underfoot. Movers coming in and out of the house might not see them if they are in the way. Boxes and furniture can fall and hurt a child so it may be best to take the kids on a little adventure or have a loved one watch them. While the packers and movers are working, take the kids to a local park, or explore the new neighborhood if a spouse can stay behind. Take a tour of your new neighborhood and visit the local library or other kid-friendly spots.
Moves can be upsetting for young children. This is why it is important to make sure they have a positive or slightly calm experience with the situation. Take the time to prep your kids for the move. If you take the time to prepare your kids beforehand, let them be involved with the moving process, and keep your cool, you’re bound to have a smoother transition during a particularly difficult time.