New City, New Friends: Making a Move a Positive Experience for Kids

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Moving brings excitement, but for kids, it can also stir up a storm of emotions. Teenagers might act out, adding to the packing chaos, while younger ones might struggle with leaving their familiar world behind. As parents, you’re juggling logistics and emotions, becoming the rock for your entire family. Here’s how to navigate this transition and ensure a smooth move for everyone.

Talk it Out, Early and Often

Don’t surprise your kids with the news. Give them ample time to process the change by sharing it early. Even for young children, explain things simply, addressing their worries. Let them know it’s okay to feel scared, anxious, or angry – these are normal reactions to the unknown. Be a listening ear and create a safe space for them to express themselves. To ease anxiety, create a timeline of events leading to the move, giving them a sense of control.

Empower Little Helpers

Get your kids involved! Toddlers can help choose toys to keep, while older ones can handle age-appropriate packing tasks. Let them pack a special box filled with their favorite things for easy access during the move. Feeling like they’re part of the team gives them a sense of control and eases the transition. For bigger jobs, enlist the help of friends, family, or even consider hiring an in-state moving company (details in the accompanying resource). This fosters a sense of community and excitement during a potentially stressful time.

Routine is Your Friend

As much as possible, stick to your kids’ regular routines. Sports practices, music lessons, and playdates – keep them going until the week of the move. This familiar rhythm provides stability and comfort amidst the change. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or online resources if maintaining routines becomes overwhelming.

Memorable Farewells and New Beginnings

For school-aged children, consider throwing a goodbye party. This allows them to say their goodbyes, exchange contact information, and stay connected with their friends. Visit their favorite local spots one last time to create lasting memories. Capture these special moments with photos to help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Looking for More Tips?

The accompanying resource dives deeper into preparing your kids for a move. By fostering open communication, involving them in the process, and prioritizing routines, you can ensure a smooth transition for your entire family. This move might not just be a change of address, but the beginning of exciting new adventures!

Infographic provided by Dearman Moving and Storage

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