Helping Your Kids during Relocation
Moving house can be very taxing on a family's savings, time, energy, and most of all, emotions. Kids, in particular can have a very difficult time leaving their friends and familiar surroundings to relocate to an unfamiliar place. If you want to help your kids make the transition, then here are some things for you to consider:
Unless you're moving because of some special needs of your children, they probably feel trapped in an unfair situation. You may have very good and sensible reasons for relocating, but children, even adolescents, will normally have trouble seeing that.
Acquainting your kids with the new neighbourhood will probably help. Show them what the place is like, and what they will be doing there. If possible, take them to see the place before the big move. That way, they can meet a few people and see the place before the big move.
Talking with your kids can really help them unload their doubts and misgivings. If there are any personal problems brewing, then talking should alert you to them early enough for you to respond. As tempting as it may be, try not to let steam build up through parental inaction.