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Helping Your Family Get Through the Move

One of the hardest parts of moving is getting your family accustomed to their new home. Here are a few tips to help with the transition:

  • Allow for Transition Time: When moving your family, give them time to get used to the idea of moving and understand what to expect before, during and after your move. The more structure and moving tips you can provide to them, the easier the move will be.
  • Keep a Positive Attitude: If you show them your enthusiasm, they’ll share in the excitement. Positive attitudes are contagious!
  • Prepare Your Children for the Move: Negative comments and reactions from children are to be expected. Anticipate their questions and concerns, and prepare possible      solutions in advance. This will help minimize their anxiety. If you don’t know the answer to their questions, be honest with them and tell them that you don’t know. If appropriate, let them help find the answer with you. This shows you care about their concerns and makes them feel more important.
  • Share Your Thoughts: Regardless of what your children say, thank them for communicating their thoughts with you. Older children may especially find it awkward to express their vulnerabilities; therefore, it’s crucial to thank them for sharing their concerns with you. Often, just listening provides them with the reassurance and validation they need. This leads us to another important moving tip: Keeping the lines of communication open is critical for a smooth transition.
  • Let Your Children Participate in the Move: Children’s anxieties often stem from the unknown. Involving them in the move gives them a sense of control, which makes for an easier transition. For example, children can help with the packing or with running a garage sale.
 

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