A Few Tips to Help Children Adjust During a Family Move
Although buying and moving into your new home can be exciting, the whole process of moving can also be very overwhelming, and may present new challenges for younger children- especially if it means they will go to a new school and have to make new friends.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to help calm any anxieties and make the transition to their new home smooth and fun!
For Younger Children: Learn Through READING
Reading is a great way to ease your child’s mind by providing a story they can relate to that has a positive outcome. Here are some great books to check out, and they are all available on Amazon.
A New House by Jill Wenzel and Jan Westberg
This great activity book geared towards 4 to 10-year-olds features puzzles and games that help children learn the process of moving to a new home.
The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day by Stan and Jan Berenstain
An oldie, but a goodie, comes from the classic Berenstain Bears series. Using the established icons of Mama, Papa, and Brother bear, the story takes your children on their journey of relocating to the family’s new tree house.
Big Ernie's New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving by Teresa Martin
This book reaffirms that it's OK for kids to identify with sadness, anger and anxiety after a move. The piece, told by a the family's pet cat, helps to give a nice contrast to other moving books, as it is the young boy who helps comfort his pet feline with their new life-adjustments.
I Like Where I Am by Jessica Harper
This book really shines for children around 4 to 8 years old, who are seeming to have a particularly hard time with the process of moving to a new home. Following the story’s six-year-old boy, this story involves all the emotions that are involved with moving.
For Older Children: How to help keep old friends in order to make new ones
For many children, especially teenagers, the most difficult aspect of moving is leaving close relationships behind. These friendships are important, and they can feel isolated after having to move to a new place where they don’t know anyone.
However, thanks to social media, keeping old friends is much easier these days. Remind your kids that they will always be able to stay in contact with all of their friends online.
Additionally, extracurricular activities are another great way to help kids form new friendships and adapt to their new surroundings. While they may be nervous at first, these activities help children bond and build new relationships while working together to achieve the same goal.
Lastly, always stay positive!
One of the most critical aspects of helping your children is to focus on good and exciting things that come with a move. Help build excitement around moving to a bigger home, or a more ideal climate. Your positivity and excitement about the move will rub off on them.
Do you have tips that have helped your children adjust to a move? We’d love to hear about them! Comment your ideas in the section below.
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