By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
It's very fun to have a new location to live. Particularly if the move is an improvement to your current situation.
But children may not view things in the same light, particularly if they have close pals and/or family where they live now. The thought of moving to a new school and away from current relationships can create a great deal of angst in children.
While it can be difficult for children to move away from everyday faces, places, and things, there are things you should do to help with the transition to Oklahoma City.
Be sure they are aware each point down the process. Children should feel free to express their jitters as well as being able to ask questions so be able to offer info and answer any questions they may have. While a few of their thoughts and worries may not be positive, be there for them with compassion and positive answers. Take care not to invalidate their fears but, instead, recognize their concerns and find solutions that you can work together to reduce them.
Introduce Them to Their New Home in Oklahoma City
If feasible, take them to the new community and even to the new residence. Let them get acquainted to where they'll be moving to. If it is not achievable to take them to tour the new home and area, take pictures or videos so they'll have some idea of what the new place will look like. Be positive to call attention to all of the positive aspects of the move (larger rooms, big yard, etc.).
Take them for a Tour of the School
It may not be possible to do this physically, but the vast majority of schools in America are on the internet. Look up the local school board's website and you will usually find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the different school clubs and activities that they might participate in. School may be a giant origin of stress for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is important that they are ready before they begin a new school. If you're able to take them on an actual tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to key players like the principals and guidance counselors.
Involve Them in Packing
There are a lot of age-appropriate methods that kids might be brought into the task of packing up. Let them help you pack up their personal possessions in moving boxes and let them label the boxes of their stuff. (A bonus is they can go through their belongings and give away or trash things that they no longer need.)
Stick with Routines
Moving to Oklahoma City might be a crazy and exhaustive time for parents but don't let this deter you from keeping the same well-known routines the kids are used to. Children require predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those times when it's even more necessary. Since they're already enduring a time of unpredictability by moving to a different place, it is very vital to keep as many things familiar as possible.
Decorate Their Rooms First
Kids need organization and familiarity so it is imperative that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By getting their new bedrooms furnished and decorated first, you establish them as cherished parts of a new life. Keeping them involved in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel special and “at home”.
Investigate the New Neighborhood
Assist your children in getting to know the new area, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to make new friends and learn the layout of the new area so they do not feel quite so lost.
When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it is a good idea to do everything you can think of to ensure you do not feel stressed out, yourself. By arranging for a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you get rid of lots of the stress from your back so you can concentrate more on the important stuff.
The ultimate goal when moving with kids is to ensure they feel safe and secure. If you take every chance to help them see the happy side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel important are higher and they will be much happier embracing your new home in Oklahoma City.