In today’s era of nuclear families and Multi National Corporations, moving is a very common occurrence. It might be a tasking thing for the adults with planning the entire move, and the general commotion around the entire task of moving. But, children, in particular might get very affected by a move. Children tend to get used to their environment and moving takes them away from their comfort zone. Planning a move right becomes paramount for the parents.
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Children get used to the neighbourhood they stay in, and feel a loss of belonging when they have to move cities. Their friends, playing habits, playing areas, all change. To start off with, you should clearly communicate to them that the move is a positive step forward. This helps them relax and feel comfortable. In order to make the transition smooth, parents must always involve their children in the decision making process. Take your child along to scope out the new neighbourhood you are searching an apartment in. Go along with them to the community play areas and let them mingle with the other children of their age group. Once the decision to move is made and, the new house selected, involve your child in packing your belongings. Let them pack their own bags. This gets them involved and excited about the move.
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Once you have moved in, get involved with the community. Do activities together as a family. Seek out book clubs, swimming classes or nature groups. Help your children mingle with other children, and in the process, you will also end up making new relationships.
Remember, a move can be traumatic on a child if not handled correctly. This also varies based on the age of the child. A preschooler might throw tantrums at the start, but gets over it with time. A middle schooler or early teenager might react to the move in a very negative manner.
One way of preventing this is to plan your move in the summer, when the holidays are on. This gives your child some time to mentally plan and deal with this. Once you have made the move, try and keep in touch with people from your earlier neighbourhood. This also serves as preparation for children (especially, teenagers) for the years ahead where they might find themselves in this position of having to move cities for their higher education or jobs.