Making the decision to move is never easy, and moving with kids is even harder. Once you’ve made the decision to move, there are ways to make it easier for your kids to process it and ultimately get excited for it.
"It's important to remember that each child handles change differently so keep that in mind when discussing moving with them," said Catherine Rabadi a school psychologist and Adjunct Professor at University of Bridgeport. "For some children, too much talk about moving (too early) can cause anxiety. For others, they need a lot of mental prep so it's more effective to discuss early."
For small children, Rabadi suggests reading a book about moving to help with the transition. Showing them a picture of their new room or letting them pick out a new piece of decoration can help build excitement for the transition.
For parents with elementary aged children, school is a major component for consideration. If you are moving during the school year, it's important for children to gain closure with classmates and teachers. Additionally, parents can get emails and addresses of favorite friends in order to keep in contact.
Tween years can be emotional and difficult regardless of transitions and moving. If your children are heavily involved in extracurriculars, be sure to sign them up for their favorite activity so they have something to get excited about and meet new friends. It is also important with tweens to let them feel that they are a part of the family moving without.
Regardless of the age, it's always important to know who you're talking to when discussing a move. "Speak to your child in an age appropriate way. Understand they may have a variety of emotions, and try to empathize with them," said Rabadi "In this age, many children already have access to social networking, so keeping a touch shouldn't be a problem."
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