Helping Your Children Cope with the Emotional Effects of Moving

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It would be great if the first home we moved into were perfect, but sometimes life isn’t that simple. There are so many reasons why moving home may be the only option for you and your family. Enhanced career prospects, a better education for your children and a more desirable community.  These are just a few of the reasons you might be considering leaving your current home.  Besides the practical stresses that accompany any move, there are the emotional effects of moving. Adults can cope with these quite well, but change can often have a harder impact on little ones. For a happy child, it’s important to know what you’re facing with a home move at any stage of your child’s development. Here are a few ways to help everyone settle into a new environment.

 

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The Facts

Numerous studies have been carried out into the psychological effects of moving home on children. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Introverted children in particular, seem to bear the brunt of moving the hardest. They can find it more difficult to make new friends in new places. Extroverted kids have an easier time, but it’s still important to keep an eye on their progress post-move.

The Good News

The good news is that you can easily help. The key to coping with a child troubled by a move is patience. Kids might become more clingy when they find themselves in an unfamiliar situation and place. Bear with them it can take time, but they will begin to make friends, settle in and get back to their old selves. Encourage them to take part in new clubs and activities. This is the best way to get them chatting to their peers and enjoying the new environment.

 

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The Moving Process

One way to ease anxious kids is to involve them completely in the moving process. Introduce them to the place they’re going to be living in before the big move. Show them all the positive things going on around their new home and all the fun things that await them. On moving day, focus your attention on them. Make life easier for yourself by checking out removal services through Shiply. The less you have to worry about, the more you can check on your little ones and keep smiles on their faces. Once you’re moved in, give them freedom. Let them choose colours in their new rooms and maybe let them help with the painting. The last thing you want is them feeling uncomfortable or lost.

New schools

New homes mean new schools. This can be daunting, but it’s nothing unsurpassable. Get your child involved in as many local activities as possible. Dance troops, swimming clubs, brownies and scouts. A familiar face on the playground will make a strange new school seem a much brighter place.

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Old Friends

A big worry for children moving home is missing their old friends, but today it’s easier to keep in touch than ever. We have mobiles, video calls and endless social media platforms. Reassure your kids that this isn’t goodbye forever. They can see their friends and chat with them when they want.

1 Comment

  • Amy Stainthorpe May 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Some great tips here. My friend is moving away soon. I’m going to tell her to read this x

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