8 Tips for Moving to San Antonio 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 home. But kids may not look at things in the same light, especially if they have close friends and/or family where they live now. The concept of moving to a new school and away from current relationships can cause a lot of apprehension in children. While it may be difficult for children to move away from the usual people, places, and things, there are things you can do to ease the transition to San Antonio. Honest Communication Make sure they know about each stage down the process. Children should feel safe to express their jitters as well as being able to ask questions so be prepared to supply facts and answer any questions they might have. While some of their views and worries may be negative, be there for them with empathy and optimistic answers. Make sure to not invalidate their concerns but, instead, acknowledge their concerns and find ways that you can work together to defeat them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in San Antonio When possible, let them visit the new neighborhood and even to the new house. Let them get familiarized with where they'll be moving to. If it's not achievable to visit the new home and locale, take pictures or videos so they'll have some idea of what the new abode will look like. Make sure to point out all of the beneficial aspects of the move (larger rooms, gigantic yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be possible to do a school tour physically, but the vast majority of schools in America have a web presence. Visit the local school board's website and you will usually find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the wide selections of school organizations and activities that they might participate in. School can be a huge source of worry for children and also one of the largest parts of their lives, so it's important that they are feeling comfortable before they begin a new school. If you're capable of taking them on an actual tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to administrators like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are a lot of age-appropriate methods that kids can be included in 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. (An added benefit is they can go through their stuff and give away or trash items that they no longer use.) Stick with Routines Moving to San Antonio can be a stressful and tiring occasion for parents but do not let this deter you from staying with the same recognizable schedules the kids are accustomed to. Children require predictability to feel safe and moving time is one of those moments when it's absolutely necessary. Since they're already enduring a period of unpredictability by moving to a different place, it is even more important to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need structure and familiarity so it's 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. Involving them in the process fortifies this need and helps them to feel cared about and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Assist your children in getting familiar with the new lay of the land, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and get to know the geometry of the new area so they don't feel quite so lost. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That is why it is valuable to do everything you possibly can to ensure you don't feel stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to assist you in your household move, you remove a lot of the stress from your shoulders so you can concentrate more on the vital stuff. The ultimate goal when moving with kids is to make sure they are feeling safe and secure. If you take every opportunity to help them see the happy side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel cherished are higher and they'll be much happier embracing your new home in San Antonio.