By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
It's incredibly fun to have a new location to live. Particularly when the move is better than your present home.
But kids may not look at things the same as you, particularly if they have close pals and/or family where they live already. The thought of moving to a new school and away from established relationships can create a bunch of stress in children.
While it can be rough for kids to move away from the usual faces, places, and things, there are things you should do to aid the transition to San Antonio.
Be sure they know about each point down the path. Children must feel secure to express their fears as well as asking questions so be ready to supply information and answer any questions they may have. While a number of their thoughts and concerns may not be positive, be prepared with understanding and positive answers. Be careful to not invalidate their fears but, instead, acknowledge their concerns and find solutions that you can work together to defeat them.
Introduce Them to Their New Home in San Antonio
If possible, let them visit the new neighborhood and even to the new house. Let them get familiarized with where they will be moving to. If it's not achievable to take them to tour the new house and locale, take pictures or videos so they'll have an impression of what the new abode will be like. Make sure to point out all of the good features of the move (larger rooms, huge yard, etc.).
Take them for a Tour of the School
It may not be possible to do a school tour on site, but most education institutions in America are on the internet. Look up the local school board's website and you'll usually find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the wide selections of school clubs and activities that they will be able to participate in. School can be a giant source of stress for children and also a big part of their lives, so it is crucial that they are feeling comfortable before their first day at a new school. If you are capable of taking them on a physical 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 lots of age-appropriate methods that kids can be brought into the chore of packing up. Let them help you box up their personal belongings in moving boxes and allow them to label the boxes of their stuff. (A bonus is they can pick through their things and give away or trash things that they no longer want.)
Stick with Routines
Moving to San Antonio may be a frantic and tiring time for parents but don't allow this to deter you from staying with the same recognizable routines the kids are used to. Children need to have predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those times when it's very necessary. Since they are already experiencing a period of uncertainty by moving to an unfamiliar place, it's even more important 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 decorating their bedrooms first, you let them know that they are valued parts of a new life. Keeping them involved in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel loved and “at home”.
Investigate the New Neighborhood
Guide your children in getting familiar with the new lay of the land, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and learn the geometry of the new area so they don't feel quite so lost.
When parents stress, kids stress. That is why it's helpful to do everything you possibly can to ensure you don't get stressed out, yourself. By employing a professional moving company to assist you in your household move, you get rid of lots of the stress from your back so you can concentrate more on the important stuff.
The most important thing when moving with children is to make sure they are feeling 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 important are magnified and they'll be much happier embracing your new house in San Antonio.