Local Movers-All About Preparing Your Children For Moving
The stress of moving can be a difficult time for you and especially for your children. To help reduce this stress, first choose a highly professional moving company and then follow the steps below in order to hopefully perform a stress free move.
- Talk to your children as early as possible about the move. It will be much easier for them the sooner they know about the move.
- Sit down with your children in a quiet place and let them express their feelings about the upcoming move. Usually children will first feel anger, then sadness and then worry about the move. Perhaps if you gently tell them about your concerns then they will understand and appreciate that you are going through the same trauma.
- Make sure that older children save a list of telephone numbers and contact information so they will know they will be able to stay in touch with friends and relatives. This will greatly help reduce the stress on their part.
- Astute children may even be able to help you in the decision making process by helping to keep a list of potential homes, apartments, etc.
- If possible, visit with your children to your new home and city. If that is not possible, then go online to show them your new house and fun facts and things to do in their new location.
- Make a scrapbook, folder or website about your life with the kids before the move. This will help to soften the blow of leaving friends and favorite places.
- Contact the school where your children will be attending and introduce your kids to the principal and teachers. They may be able to give you a list of potential friends.
- Talk to the principal or guidance counselor about potential after school activities for your children including sports, music classes, the local YMCA, etc. Active children will fit in and be much less saddened by the move.
- If possible, meet some families in the neighbor hood where you will be living. You may want to try one of the Yahoo groups at yahoo.com.
- Above all else, stay close and listen to your children; discuss their feelings and doubts and let them know that you understand their inherent stress involved in moving.
- Follow our guidelines concerning moving with children to allay any fears that you may have about the potential pitfalls of moving.