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Moving? How To Mentally Prepare Yourself And Your Kids

movingApproximately 12 percent of U.S. residents move each year, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Census Bureau. And whether it’s for a new job in another city or country or relocation to a bigger house a few miles away, a move can be an emotional and stressful experience for you, your spouse and your kids. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to mentally prepare your family for a move. Start the transition with these five helpful tips.

Discuss In Advance

Talk to your kids about the move several weeks or months in advance. Discuss some of the potential problems they’re going to face, such as leaving friends behind. Get them to open up about their feelings regarding the move. If they’re worried about friendships, tell them those kids will still be their friends. Answer all their questions truthfully and be prepared for either negative or position reactions, according to KidsHealth. Meanwhile, talk to your spouse about what the move means as far as leaving family, friends or your church behind.

Focus on the Positives

Get everyone excited about the move. Tell your children about the advantages they’ll have in the house or neighborhood, whether it’s their own room or a membership to a swim club. Focus on your own advantages as you prepare to move, such as more closet space and a bigger household income with your husband’s new job.

Get Everyone Involved

Assign chores for everyone as the move approaches. Let them help with the packing. When you visit the new home in advance, allow your children to select their new rooms and the colors they want to paint them, according to the Child Mind Institute. Find an experienced moving company, such as Wheaton World Wide Moving, that can help plan your move and properly transport your furniture and belongings.

Acclimate Yourself to New Surroundings

The quicker you become accustomed to your new home and neighborhood, the easier you’ll make the transition. Set furniture, pictures, lamps and beds in similar locations in your new house to make everyone feel more at home. Stock your pantries and refrigerator with familiar foods. Meet new people. Encourage your kids to get out and develop new friendships. Talk to the teachers at the new school. Tell them how stressful the move’s been on your children and ask them to monitor these feelings, according to Child Mind Institute.

Try using some of these suggestions and see for yourself how they help ease the mental stress of the moving process. Most importantly, maintain a positive attitude because it will have a tremendous impact on how your children cope with the move.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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