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A move to a new home can be an exciting experience for children, if you employ careful planning from start to finish.  Planning for relocating with kids begins with informing them of the upcoming move. It also includes organizing the details of relocating, as well as getting acquainted with your new community.

Keep Positive!

Children normally reflect their parents’ attitudes, accentuate the positive.  A positive parental attitude will go a long way toward soothing fears and creating an atmosphere of anticipation for the children.  Prepare them in advance for the move, explain the reasons for the move as explicitly as necessary. This will give you the chance to resolve their fears and let them know you are interested in their opinions and feelings.

It is difficult to break strong ties to the old home, neighborhood, school and close friends. But remember, moving can be a great personal growth opportunity for all family members, including children. Take advantage of the situation and make it a truly exciting experience for everyone.

Moving can be heart wrenching, sad, happy, exciting or everything in-between. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you are moving, there are some emotions at work and not realizing them can do more harm than good.  Each member of a family moving may feel differently so parents should talk to their children about how they feel.  Psychology Today magazine published an article, “Moving is Tough for Kids” using research provided by The New York Times and it talks about making sure you keep them busy doing as many social activities as possible in the new neighborhood.   Don’t forget to be social is a good tip for adults too when moving into a new town to help avoid post-move depression.  Looking forward to joining a sports team, club, or other association in your new town can help you all keep a positive outlook on your move.

Keep routines like mealtimes and bedtimes consistent. As people get ready to move they often have trouble sleeping and forget to eat properly.  Additional warning signs and coping methods can help in cases of severe stress.  There is often anxiety leading up to moving day that you can take steps to relieve by maintaining your regular schedules (including physical fitness programs) where possible.  If you have children or pets, this is important for them too.  Making sure you all eat regularly and get plenty of rest will help you have a better moving day.