Humans are naturally wired to find comfort in familiarity. This is especially true in children; kids
don’t like change. Moving to a new town and school can be very difficult for children anywhere
from elementary to high school. They don’t want to leave the friendships they’ve created, and
they often wonder if they’ll even be able to make new friends. There are ways, though, to get
your kids to see moving as an open door rather than a closed one.
School is a good portion of a child’s life. They’ve memorized their classes, the building, and just
generally how things work. Suddenly, they must start all over again.
The best thing you can do is inform your child about their new school as much as
possible. Tell them about the clubs, extra curriculars, etc. If they can possibly have a tour
of the school before attending, take advantage of that. If your child is involved in an
afterschool program like theatre or sports, find out how soon they can audition/try out.
New Town or City
Having to leave the town you grew up in can be heartbreaking on a kid. In a sense, they feel like
they’re leaving a bit of their culture behind.
Take advantage of the fact that you can still visit your old city. Let your kids know that
their friendships don’t have to end. See if you can possibly set up times during the month
where your children can hang out with their old friends.
Moving to a new state doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Allow your child to see it as
gaining new experiences rathe than missing out on old ones.
The more you bring your kids sightseeing in your new state, the better. There is beauty in
every state, and your child needs to see what they wouldn’t have had access to in their
home state. You’re going to be tempted to just focus on unpacking, but your child needs
to see the world outside their new home as soon as possible.
This one’s hard, but not impossible. Moving to a new country needs to be handled with delicacy.
Be as understanding of your kids’ feelings. Turn their fear into excitement.
Immersion Plus Patriotism
Make sure your family assimilates as much as possible. Your children
need to understand that embracing a new culture is beautiful, and that not many get the opportunity. Your
kids shouldn’t feel like they’ve left their identity behind. Encourage patriotism of their
original home land and teach them it doesn’t have to contradict immersion.
Getting them Excited About the Physical Move
Children often feel helpless during moves, which results in frustration. It’s important to make
your children feel useful during the move.
• Allow them to pack and unpack items appropriate for their age
• Remind them how necessary they are to the move
• Encourage them to sell items they don’t want to take with them and keep the money
If your children are too small to help you with the move, contact Dirck’s Moving and Logistics.
From packing to transporting, your move will be in qualified hands.