By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
It is very exciting to have a new place to live. Especially if the move is an upgrade from your present situation.
But children may not view things the same as you, particularly if they have close buddies and/or family where they live already. The idea of moving to a different school and away from current relationships can create a lot of stress in children.
While it may be rough for kids to move away from the usual people, places, and things, there are things you need to do to aid the transition to Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Be sure they are aware each step along the path. Children should feel free to express their concerns as well as asking questions so be able to supply facts and answer any questions they may have. While some of their thoughts and concerns could be negative, be prepared with compassion and positive answers. Be careful to not discount their concerns but, rather, acknowledge their concerns and provide solutions that you can work together to overcome them.
Introduce Them to Their New Home in Tulsa and Oklahoma City
When viable, let them visit the new neighborhood and even to the new home. Let them get acquainted to where they'll be moving to. If it's not a possibility to visit the new home and locale, take pictures or videos so they will have an impression of what the new place will look like. Be sure to point out all of the good elements of the move (larger rooms, big yard, etc.).
Take them for a Tour of the School
It may not be a possibility to do a school visit physically, but most education institutions in America are on the internet. Visit the local school board's website and you'll usually find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the various school clubs and activities that they can participate in. School may be a big cause of stress for children and also one of the largest parts of their lives, so it's crucial that they are ready before their first day at a new school. If you are able to take 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 lots of age-appropriate methods that children can be brought into the job of packing up. Allow them to help you box up their personal possessions in moving boxes and have them label the boxes of their stuff. (A perk is they can sort through their things and give away or trash things that they no longer want.)
Stick with Routines
Moving to Tulsa and Oklahoma City might be a stressful and tiring occasion for parents but do not allow this to deter you from sticking with the same recognizable schedules the kids are used to. Children require consistency to feel safe and moving time is one of those times when it's absolutely necessary. Since they're already going through a time of change by moving to an unfamiliar place, it is even more important to keep as many things familiar as possible.
Decorate Their Rooms First
Kids need organization and familiarity so it is important that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By decorating their bedrooms first, you let them know that they are cherished parts of a new life. Involving them in the process fortifies this need and helps them to feel special and “at home”.
Investigate the New Neighborhood
Assist your children in getting familiar with the new neighborhood, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to make new friends and grasp the geometry of the new area so they do not feel quite so lost.
When parents stress, kids stress. That is why it's beneficial to do everything you can think of to ensure you don't feel stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you get rid of lots of the stress from your back so you can concentrate more on the important stuff.
The end game when moving with children is to be sure they are feeling safe and secure. If you take every chance to help them see the good side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel important are magnified and they will be much happier embracing your new residence in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.