8 Tips for Moving to Tulsa with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It is super exhilarating to have a new location to live. Especially if the move is an improvement to your present situation. But kids may not view things the same way, particularly if they have close buddies and/or family where they live already. The concept of moving to a different school and away from current relationships can cause a great deal of anxiety in children. While it can be difficult for kids to move away from the usual faces, places, and things, there are things you should do to help with the transition to Tulsa. Honest Communication Make sure they know what is going on each stage along the process. Children should feel free to express their jitters as well as asking questions so be ready to provide info and answer any questions they may have. While some of their opinions and concerns may not be positive, be ready with understanding and positive answers. Take care not to invalidate their concerns but, rather, acknowledge their concerns and explain solutions that you can work together to overcome them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Tulsa When feasible, let them visit the new area and even to the new house. Let them get a feel for where they will be moving to. If it is not possible to go to the new residence and locale, take pictures or videos so they'll have an inkling of what the new place will be like. Be positive to mention all of the positive elements of the move (larger rooms, big yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be possible to do this on site, but nearly all education institutions in America are on the internet. Look up the local school board's website and you'll most of the time find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Show them the various school clubs and activities that they will be able to participate in. School can be a giant source of worry for children and also one of the largest parts of their lives, so it is vital that they are prepared before their first day at a new school. If you are capable of taking them on an actual tour of the new school, be sure to introduce them to key players like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are a lot of age-appropriate ways that kids can be involved in the task of packing up. Have them help you pack up their personal possessions in moving boxes and have them label the boxes of their stuff. (A perk is they can sort through their stuff and donate or discard things that they no longer use.) Stick with Routines Moving to Tulsa might be a crazy and tiring occasion for parents but do not allow this to deter you from staying with the same recognizable routines the kids are used to. Children need predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those times when it's absolutely necessary. Since they are already going through a period of change by moving to an unfamiliar place, it's very crucial to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need organization and familiarity so it's important that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By decorating their bedrooms first, you let them know that they are important parts of a new life. Involving them in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Assist your children in getting to know the new area, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and get to know the geometry of the new area so they do not feel quite so lost. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it is beneficial to employ everything you can think of to be sure you do not get stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to aid you in your household move, you nix a lot of the stress from your shoulders so you can concentrate more on the vital stuff. The end game when moving with children is to be sure they are feeling safe and secure. If you seize every moment to help them see the happy side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel loved are higher and they'll be much happier embracing your new home in Tulsa.