Moving is stressful for everyone,
including the children most of all.
Moving and the children:
They may not understand what's happening. A positive attitude, a feeling
of inclusion in the process and a spirit of adventure can help them feel
A surprise can be a shock! Tell children over 10 about the move as soon
as your plans are definite. Younger children should be told once major
activity begins that could concern them.
Explore your new community and meet some of your new neighbours before
you move, if possible. Send for information on schools, churches, community
Make moving a game for younger children.
Start a week to 10 days ahead of the move, checking off the days before
your move on the calendar, etc. Hang a map of your new city on your refrigerator
with your new location brightly circled and a picture of your new home.
Have the children prepare "survival kits" for the "safari" to their new
home. Explain what the movers will do with their belongings after the
moving van leaves.
Encourage your family to plan special activities before the move. Have
a farewell party with special friends and neighbors. Exchange photos and
Let your children label their boxes and unpack their toys at the new home.
Allow them to decide on furniture arrangements in their rooms (with your
help as needed.)