*Note: It’s not a real clinical disorder
Sooner or later, your family has to move. As disruptive as it is for the family, it can even be more traumatic for children. If you are moving with your children and you sense that they are affected negatively by the transition, give these tips a try to see if they can make the process less stressful for your little ones.
Our Vancouver Movers’ Tips for Getting Your Kids Excited about the Move
Plan around a good time
Children do well with structure and routine. If you are considering a move, avoid doing so at the same time as another big event. Give them time to adjust first before springing the big transition on them. If your family has recently faced a major life event, such as divorce or death, then postpone the move for at least one month to lessen the impact on your children.
The decision to move may be out of your hands if it is due to financial issues or a job transfer. Even if you are unhappy about the move as well, try not to let it show. Your children look up to you, the parents, for reassurance. During the times of transition, you need to be more in control of your moods and emotions than ever for the sake of your children.
Discuss the move with your family
Even if they are young, they are still part of the family and deserve a voice. Talk to them and try to give them as much information about the move as soon as possible. Consider their inputs as well. Answer questions honestly and completely, and be ready for some negative reactions. Your children may not understand the reasoning of your decision, and it is up to you to redirect their attention to the positive. Inform and involve your children of the planning process as much as possible. This can make them adjust faster to the process.
Take them for a visit
Take your children to visit the new neighborhood and see the new house. For distant moves, provide as much information as you can about the new home and local community. The internet is a great resource to use to learn about the new city (and/or country). Find out more about their new schools and show them where they can continue their hobbies and extracurricular activities.
A move can present many challenges for small children, but a change can actually turn out to be a positive event. If you are contemplating about a move, allow our Vancouver Movers to help your family. We offer affordable rates for residential moving.