Long Distance Relocation With Kids
Congratulations. You have received that promotion that you have been praying about for years. And you rush home to tell your family, filled with excitement. So you tell them the good news that you will be moving to a new place. And instead of having joy written all over their faces, they are shocked and start crying.
They are scared of the changes that come with it since it will be a place that they have never been before, and they will have to leave their friends and previous life behind. This can be traumatizing for the kids, and you will need help on how to handle it.
Below are tips for after you have hired your moving company and started to pack to make the process easier for the kids as you move long distance with them.
Preparing The Children
There is a possibility that this is the only home that your kids have ever known; hence, any change can affect them drastically. You should be prepared to see some tears rolling when you tell them since they will be mourning the loss of their memories, friends at school and the home they have loved over the years. If they are toddlers or babies, you will not have any problem, but once they are in school and understand what moving means, they will react to the news. You should start by giving them information on the move.
Once that is done, be ready to answer all the questions that they have, and do it as honestly as possible. You can also ask them what their opinion on the move is and listen to them.
Involve them in the process of looking for a new home and school in the location of where you will be moving to. You can also throw them a goodbye party for them to tell their home and friends goodbye. It will be great for them since it will give them closure.