For some children, the prospect of a new school, new friends or even a new bedroom can be daunting. Talk to your children about the move well in advance to enable them to get used to the idea. Let them be honest with you about how they are feeling. They might be a bit nervous about leaving behind friends and this is completely understandable.
If this is the first time young people have moved, to leave the comfort of their home can be unsettling no matter how young they are. If your children have moved before this could bring back unpleasant memories. Children who are anxious about moving might show signs of depression, withdrawn behavior or tantrums as the day of the move gets closer. Try to understand and accept how they are feeling.
On moving day, babies and young children should be kept safely away from the action. The risk of injury from Removalists carrying large heavy furniture items is always a danger and they will not receive the same level of attention from you. If possible arrange a babysitter for the day and keep a favourite book and toys unpacked. Older children can be a great help and getting them involved with specific tasks can be a source of fun. Reassure your children they will not be left behind.
Some Hints and Tips
Include the children in making plans for the move.
Help them learn about the new city where they will be living.
Allow kids to have some input into how their new room will be arranged.
Make time to have a last visit with friends and family.
Encourage young children to keep in contact with their friends either by phone, mail or email.
Prepare a surprise package for each child that they can unpack on arrival with each child’s favourite things.
Take time out with the family once the major unpacking is done. You shouldn’t try to do it all at once.
The first weeks at a new school can be daunting for your child. Being there for them and keeping in contact with their teacher will ensure that you pick up on any behavior changes.
If your move involves a big change to your children’s lifestyle make sure you talk to them beforehand about the changes.
Once your home is back to normal a great way of meeting new people is to get involved with the school. All schools have a P&C Association i.e.Parents & Citizensor P&F i.e.Parents & Friends which is a voluntary group of parents who normally meet once a month to discuss issues and fundraising for the school. Children love it when their parents get involved with their school and P&C Associations are always looking for people to help. Same applies with your children’s sporting clubs.
Younger children who are not in care or at school are able to have their own fun as well at Playgroup. There are numerous groups in all areas and by contacting the Playgroup Association in your region they will be able to put you in touch with your local group. This is also an excellent way to meet new people.
The local library is a great source of information. They have brochures on free activities which occur throughout the year in your area. Also during school holidays the library offers classes and shows to keep the children occupied and all is free.
The best way to familiarize with the area is to go on family outings on the weekends. Explore and you never know what you might find. Have an adventure and most importantly make the move fun not stressful.