We sometimes forget that children may be more affected with a move.
The suggestions below can help to minimized anxieties children have before moving.
Helping Children With a Move
- Before moving, show the children the new home and their new room. Help them visualize where they are going by either taking them there, or showing them a video or pictures of the house.
- Keep the memories of the old home and neighborhood in a scrapbook.
- Let your children know that their friends will not be forgotten. Invite their friends over for a farewell party. Help your children write letters or postcards to their friends. Let their friends’ parents in on it for return letters.
- Make your children a part of the move as much as possible. Give them their own boxes to decorate.
- When unpacking, allow your children to unpack their “treasures” first, and they can play with the boxes while you unpack.
- Visit the new surroundings (i.e. school, church, stores, park, etc.)
- Invite their new friends over
- To help them feel in control of their new world, have them pick out a favorite restaurant, store, or activity.
- Involve your children in the same kinds of sports or activities they use to be in.
- Remember that even if you only lived in that old home for a couple of years, that place was very special in your child’s heart.