For kids, moving can be stressful. They often worry about adjusting to a new environment, making new friends, acclimating to the new school, and leaving their old life behind. There are so many things you can do to help your child. Some include:
Allow the kids to have a voice
Give your child lots of opportunities to speak about its worries. Children may feel better if they can vocalize how they feel. When they get it off their chest, they will feel more positive about the move.
Reassure the kids
If you have given your child a chance to voice its feelings, acknowledge what he/she says. Reassure the child by discussing the great things to look forward to in the new location. Try to get the child to participate in social activities in the new location.
Relocating with little children
Moving with younger kids is more difficult, but the emotional impact is far easier. This is because such kids have not had the chance to bond with other children.
However, you should listen to them to know if they have anxiety about moving.
Relocating with adolescents
Teen years are tougher than you can imagine. It is even tougher on a teen who has to start life all over again. Be mindful about how your teen feels about the move. Teens may express themselves by showing frustration. This makes it difficult to communicate with them.
Maintain all old connections
Help keep the lines of communication open for your kids and their old friends.