3 Considerations to Make When Moving School-Aged Children
Moving in Arizona can be hard on anyone, but it can be especially hard on children. Whether they are five or 15, kids can have a bigger reaction to moving than adults, and it’s important that parents recognize this and do what they can to support their children. Doing so will make the move a lot easier on everyone in the family.
Here are the top three things you need to consider when you are moving your school-aged children:
One of the top priorities for your kids is going to be their school life. You should know well ahead of time where they will go to school, and you should give them ample time to make their goodbyes at their current school. Allow them to spend as much time as possible with friends and to participate in extracurricular activities at school. Talk to their teachers about what they will need to do to finish at their current school and to prepare for their next school. Also talk to their teachers about their strengths and weaknesses and how you can help your kids after the move, such as by getting tutoring.
When you arrive in your new home, make sure you are armed with school records and plenty of notes and information from your children’s teachers. You want their new teachers to have all the information they need to welcome your children and get them settled quickly. Attend meetings or events that would allow your kids to meet others, such as orientation or school-sponsored play dates. Introduce yourself to the neighbors so you can find out about local kids or groups your kids might want to join.
Your children will likely have a lot of fears about moving to a new place. They may fear that they won’t fit in at their new school or that they won’t make new friends. They may fear that they will lose touch with their old friends. They may fear that they won’t like the new place, or that their lives will change in ways they don’t like.
You need to tend to your child’s social and emotional needs so that they can make a smooth transition. Listen to their fears, and acknowledge their feelings. Talk about your own fears and what you are doing to handle them. Give them opportunities to feel like they have some control, such as by letting them pack or plan parts of the move. You can also help them feel more in control and get more excited about their new home by asking them to research the new place, including the best restaurants to eat or the best places to have fun.
Most everyone finds the logistics of moving to be stressful, but smaller children will find them especially so. Consider having a friend or relative take care of your smaller children on moving day to relieve them of that stress. But if you can’t do that, at least ask someone to be there to keep your child entertained while you are tending to the logistics.
During the move, have things on hand that will make your child feel better, such as games and favorite snacks. Keep a few special toys out also. Hire movers to take care of loading and unloading the truck to reduce the stress on everyone, and even consider hiring movers to handle the whole process, including the packing, to make the transition even smoother.
Children have a hard time with transitions, and a big transition like a move can be especially hard to handle. Consider these issues to understand how you can better help your child during your move, whether it’s a local one or a cross-country one. Talk to your movers about additional tips, as well as your child’s teachers or other parents who have been through a move.
Leo’s Moving can help if you are planning a local or long-distance move. Our Phoenix long distance movers will handle your belongings with care, and they will make the process a seamless one for you. We can handle all aspects of the move, or we can handle the loading and transportation only. We’re here to make your move an easy one in whatever way we can. Contact us today to learn more about our affordable Phoenix moving company or to schedule an estimate for your move.