8 Tips for Moving to Oklahoma City with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It is super exciting to have a new neighborhood to live. Especially if the move is an improvement to your present residence. But kids may not view things in the same light, particularly if they have close buddies and/or family where they live now. The thought of moving to a different school and away from current relationships can create a great deal of anxiety in children. While it could be tough for kids to move away from familiar people, places, and things, there are things you need to do to ease the transition to Oklahoma City. Honest Communication Be sure they know what is going on each stage down the process. Children need to feel secure to express their concerns as well as asking questions so be able to provide facts and answer any questions they might have. While some of their opinions and worries may not be positive, be there for them with empathy and optimistic answers. Be careful to not invalidate their worries but, rather, recognize their concerns and provide ways that you can work together to defeat them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Oklahoma City When feasible, take them to the new area and even to the new home. Let them get acquainted to where they'll be moving to. If it is not a possibility to take them to tour the new home and locale, take pictures or videos so they will have an impression of what the new place will be like. Be positive to mention all of the good elements of the move (bigger rooms, big yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be possible to do a school tour on site, but nearly all schools in America have a website. Visit the local school board's website and you will most of the time find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Explain to them the wide selections of school organizations and activities that they can participate in. School is a giant cause of anxiety for children and also a big part of their lives, so it's vital that they are ready prior to starting a new school. If you are capable of taking them on an actual tour of the new school, be sure to introduce them to key players like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are a lot of age-appropriate ways that children can be brought into the job of packing up. Have them help you box up their personal possessions in moving boxes and have them label the boxes of their things. (A perk is they can sort through their belongings and give away or discard things that they no longer want.) Stick with Routines Moving to Oklahoma City might be a frantic and exhaustive time for parents but don't let this deter you from maintaining the same recognizable schedules the kids are accustomed to. Children need to have consistency to feel safe and moving time is one of those occasions when it is absolutely necessary. Since they are already going through a period of change by moving to an unfamiliar place, it is even more important to keep as many things familiar as you can. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need organization and familiarity so it's imperative that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By making their new bedrooms first priority, you let them know that they are valued parts of a new life. Including them in the process fortifies this need and helps them to feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Guide your children in getting to know the new area, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and grasp the geometry of the new area so they do not feel quite so lost. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it's valuable to utilize everything you possibly can to ensure you don't feel stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you get rid of a lot of the stress from your back so you can concentrate more on the crucial stuff. The end game when moving with kids is to ensure they feel safe and secure. If you take every moment to help them see the happy side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel loved are higher and they'll be much happier embracing your new home in Oklahoma City.