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4 Ways To Ease a Child’s Transition When Moving

After finding the perfect home and community to raise your child, all the legal and financial challenges pale by comparison to an unhappy child. You probably have little doubt your youngster will flourish in the new environment. But children don’t have decades of experience to quell their worries. They simply do not possess the hindsight adults use to fall back on. 

Moving away from friends and familiar things might seem like the end of the world to a youngster. If you are a parent worried about breaking the news you are moving, consider these four ways to ease the transition.

1. Break the News to Your Child First

Adults tend to get bogged down in the logistical details of securing a new home and moving. Plenty of things can go sideways without a top-tier moving company to help negotiate the change. But to children, this is life-altering stuff. That’s why it’s essential to promptly sit down as a family and discuss what is happening.

Making sure your child hears the news from you first can make them feel more included and secure. This also puts you in place to be prepared and not have to dispel any misinformation. Put the what, when, and where information on the table.

2. Talk About How You Are All Feeling About Moving

Moving creates feelings of excitement and anxiety in all of us. You may have a sense of optimism about starting the next chapter in a new living space. Of course, the unknown factors between closing on a home and getting settled can make you uneasy at times. Your feelings are probably not that different from your child’s.

They will have to make friends and acclimate to a new school and teachers, among others. Take time to periodically sit down and discuss how you all feel openly and honestly. It may help your child to know that even adults get nervous about moving. But share your sense of optimism.

3. Involve Your Child In The Moving Process

Adults usually want to lighten the moving load as much as possible by delegating responsibilities to professional movers. On the other hand, your child might feel exactly the opposite. There’s a sense of losing control when strangers pack favorite items in boxes before they disappear on a truck. Consider starting early and pack non-essential things with your child. You can talk about items that would make good donations for children in need of a toy. Being part of the process can make your child feel empowered.

4. Establish a Familiar Routine in Your New Home

Transitioning to a new living space and neighborhood doesn’t end when you unpack. We are all creatures of habit, and minimizing daily changes can help your child get used to waking up in a new place. So, establishing a routine is essential.

Consider things like familiar and favorite breakfast meals. Pack a school lunch in the usual way or binge-watch together in the evening if that’s something the family enjoys. The point is that you had a way of doing things before the move. Try to integrate those habits at least until you all feel settled. Routines will organically evolve over time, and that’s a good indicator you and yours have transitioned.

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