Moving can be difficult for kids. If you involve your children in the move, it will be more comfortable and less traumatic.
Discuss the move in advance with your kids. Having fears and feelings of sadness is normal.
Allow them to visit your new home and pick their new room/ paint color.
Organize a going away party with your kids’ friends to share new address, phone numbers, e-mail address and photos of the new house.
Visit their new school if possible. Meet the teacher(s). Get a list of clubs and activities that are being offered.
Get information about other activities in your new community, such as gymnastics, ballet, soccer, etc. Visit those of interest.
After the move, encourage your children to stay in touch with their past friends, communicate and share photos.
When starting a new school, encourage your children to get involved in school activities. It’s a great way to meet new friends!
Help your kids get settled in their new room as soon as possible so that they can focus on all their new activities and new friends.
Encourage kids to invite their new friends over to your home or plan a fun outing.
Be patient. It takes time to settle in a new community and adjust to the environment. Things will get better in time.