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Many families face the task of moving with children. Whether you are moving for a job, family, or other new opportunity, there will be an adjustment period for you and your children. Although the experience can be tough on everyone involved, there are several things you can do to help your child settle in after a move.
- Prepare your child ahead of time. Talk about your upcoming move with your child early on and give them as much information as possible. Encourage them to ask questions and involve them in the process. This will help them feel as though they have input in the decision making. Different age groups will have different ways to handle the situation, so keep in mind that each child will react differently.
- Unpack your child’s room first. Have your child help with unpacking their belongings. Talk to them about arranging their new space; choosing where they would like their books and toys will help them feel like the new space is their own. This will help them feel involved and in control.
- Get back to a set routine. During the move, your daily schedule was likely thrown out the window. Helping your child establish a new schedule, such as mealtimes and bedtimes, in the new home will help them settle in and feel more secure.
- Connect with your child’s new school or other groups. This step is especially important; it will help to ensure that teachers or coaches are aware of the change your child is processing. This is also important for you as a parent to become familiar with your child’s new environment. You may be able to find a playgroup, tour your new neighborhood, or set up a virtual meeting with your child’s new teacher!
During the moving process, it is important to remember that children are impacted by change. Although the move is completed, they need to settle into a new space. Being supportive during the transition is essential to help your child. Although saying goodbye to their old friends and environment was difficult, you can help your child embrace the excitement of their new home and all the opportunities that will come their way at your new address.
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