New home new life helping kids adjust to a move

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Families move for many reasons; sometimes out of choice, but in most cases, out of necessity. A change in the family income, promotion, job transfer, and divorce are some of the most common causes of moving for many people.

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New home new life helping kids adjust to a move

  1. 1. New Home, New Life: Helping Kids Adjust to a Move
  2. 2.  Families move for many reasons; sometimes out of choice, but in most cases, out of necessity. A change in the family income, promotion, job transfer, and divorce are some of the most common causes of moving for many people.  Moving into a new place is challenging for the whole family, but most especially to children. The experience can be traumatic for kids who aren’t usually part of the decision. Here’s how parents can help their child during this tough time.
  3. 3. Discuss the Move with the Kids  No matter what the reason, the best way to prepare kids for a move is to discuss it with them. Experts suggest providing enough information about the plan and answering questions truthfully—in a way children will easily understand. Parents should be receptive to both positive and negative emotions, as children may focus on the frightening aspects of a move, like leaving playmates and friends behind.
  4. 4. Discuss the Move with the Kids
  5. 5. Involve Them in the Moving Process  Involving children in the moving process can help them focus on the move’s positive aspects. Parents are advised to include their kids in some of the activities involved in moving, including house-hunting, search for a new school, or packing of house items. Families moving just across cities can take their kids to the new house in advance, introduce them to their new teachers and classmates, and show them the attractions near their new abode.
  6. 6. Involve Them in the Moving Process
  7. 7. After the Move  After the move, parents are advised to get their child’s room in order first before turning their attention to the rest of their house. Creating the same environment— placing the bed, table, cabinets, and other furniture similar to the former room—can help kids feel at home. Parents are advised to maintain a regular schedule of bedtime, meals, and playtime to give children a sense of familiarity. Experts also recommend accompanying the kids on the first few weeks of school to help them adjust to their new environment. Hosting a small party and inviting kids around the new neighborhood will help kids make friends and build new relationships.  Moving into a new place presents many challenges, but good things also come from this major change. The right support and care can help everyone in the family, including kids, adjust to a move easily.
  8. 8. After the Move
  9. 9. Resources:  http://www.apartmentsmakati.com/for- sale/houses/  http://www.businessinsider.com/the-stress-of- moving-2011-5  http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/12/07/10- most-stressful-moving-tasks/

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