Moving houses can be stressful for adults and kids. Whether you are moving to a new house in the same city or relocating to a different town, kids can have lots of problems adjusting to their new surroundings. Little kids may have difficulty adapting to a new environment. Older kids can also have adjustment problems. They might miss their friends and familiar neighbourhoods. If relocation requires kids to change schools, then it is doubly hard for them to adjust to relocation. If you are moving houses in the same town, prepare your kids for the move by checking the neighbourhood out before your relocation date. Familiarising your kids this way can help cushion some sadness or angst over moving.
According to the website parents.com, ‘Another way to ease the adjustment is to maintain some of your old routines.’
Whether it's a new city or a new house, try to maintain your kids' routines such as weekend game nights and bedtime story sessions as much consistent as you can . For relocation to a different city, help your older kids become familiar and excited about the new place by showing it to them on the Internet.
According to an article in The Huffington Post, ‘Many children do better with a move when they feel included in the process. Let your children unpack books or organize the silverware. Having a job can help them feel less untethered, creating an anchor and sense of connection to their new environment.’
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