Helping Children Get through a Move
Moving is stressful for everyone, but it can be especially traumatic for children. Children may not understand reasons for moving and often want to stay put. This can lead to them feeling powerless. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help your child get through a big move:
- Communicate. Surprising your child with a decision to move is a bad idea. Give your child as much information as possible about the move, and make space for their feelings about it – positive or negative. If you know the area you're moving to and it's close by, take your child to visit. If it's far, give information about the new area and show them pictures.
- Keep a routine as much as possible. A move is already a big change. This isn't the time to bring any more changes into your child's life. Stick to a normal routine as best you can.
- Prioritize your child's room. Pack up your child's room as late as possible in the moving process. Unpack and set up your child's new room as soon as you can. If the child is old enough, allow him or her to have input on where furniture and toys should be kept.
- Take care of yourself. Your child can perceive your stress, even if you think you're hiding it. Taking care of your mental and physical health during a move is important for you as well as your child. Try to do relaxing activities to avoid being overwhelmed by the move.
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