Moving With Kids
Moving With Kids - Our loved ones should be the priority when moving,
especially our kids. Some helpful advice that all parents can use when
moving with their kids.
Moving with Kids
On top of all the commotion and emotional stress that's involved with
moving, parents have a greater challenge: dealing with their children. How
can we make sure that our children are happy with the move? If they aren't,
is there any way that we can change that? Bottom line, children will usually
be disappointed with every move simply because of the fact that they have to
say goodbye to their friends, schoolmates, and their neighbors. The most
important thing is to keep a positive attitude throughout the whole process
of the relocation, especially in front of your children. Help them see it as
an exciting new beginning. Is there a "best" time to move? Unfortunately,
there is no "best" time to move with your children. Unless you count moving
only after you've discussed it with your children. Get their input about the
timing of the move. Try to avoid making your word the law.
For your younger children, a move during the school year will allow them to
immediately go from one social setting into another. They'll be receiving
more attention from classmates and the teacher as the "new kid." On the
other hand, a summer move may allow your children to become better
acclimated with their surroundings. This way they won't be thrust into
unfamiliar territory both at school and at home.
When it comes to teens, it may be a bit tough to handle. You may give them
an inch, but make no mistake about it, they'll take a whole mile. They may
rebel, complain, and even say they hate you, but when you're moving with
your teens, you must exhibit the patience and serenity of a Buddhist monk.
Especially if they have to switch schools, especially high school! It'll be
very hard for your teen if you decide to relocate during their senior year
of high school, right before they graduate.
Teenagers have had more time to grow and develop an attachment with their
social environment. Expect some moping and acting up early on and expect it
to continue as long as a month after the move.
|It'll be easy for you to become irritated and impatient
but it is important that you deal with your child in the best manner
possible. Granted, they may not want to talk to you right away but you
should always let it be known that you're available at any time.
Remember, they'll never be alone. How can they in the age of instant
messaging and wireless phones? They'll be in constant contact with their
friends. These friends, no matter how much you disapprove of their
tattoos and piercings, only want the best for your child. They'll help
your kids cope by constantly reassuring them and dishing out advice.
Kids understand kids the best. True you were once their age, but that
was many, many years ago...
You may balk at this hands-off approach, but chances are, you've raised
your children right.
Children of different ages will react to the move differently.
Especially, when it comes to young children and infants, it is important
that you are attentive to their needs and feelings. More so than with
teens, you'll need to sit down and discuss the events of your move with
Toddlers will be old enough to sense changes in their environments. Since
they spend most of their days with at least one parent, it's important not
to neglect them. Otherwise, when they see the house in disarray and
gradually getting emptier, they may worry about being left behind. Quickly
allay their fears by keeping their favorite toys around and trying to keep
as stable a household as you can during the planning and packing. As long
as toddlers are comfortable and are close to their parents, they will not
be affected by the move.
Elementary school children have developed relationships with people
outside of their homes. Leaving their friends will be difficult but the
idea of moving to a different place can be exciting.
Since school is the primary place where children make friends, children in
this age-range tend to have the easiest time making friends. They spend
most of their time in school with the same classmates and the same
teacher. Relationships develop naturally.
Children in this age-range should also be active participants in the move.
Allow them to pack their own belongings. Teach them your new address and
phone numbers right away. After the move, take the time to show them
around their new neighborhood.
Source from Getamover.com
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