When our family moved from Florida to Tennessee, my kids were just two and three. Overall, the adjustment was easy and they had no complaints. But fast forward five years to when we moved a few house down the street, and emotions ran high. Now that they were older, they were much more attached to their home environment and felt anxious about the change. The anticipation of living in a new place can be difficult for children as well as their parents. Fortunately, there are effective ways to make moving easier on kids.
Chances are, if your family is planning a move, there are tons of questions and feelings running through your child’s mind. With the stress of everything that has to be taken care of before the move, it might be easy for parents to overlook how much guidance and attention a child needs through this process. But guiding your child through their worries doesn’t have to be another stressor. Having intentional and meaningful conversations as a family can help to ease everyone into the newness. If you are looking for ways to make a smooth transition, keep these points in mind when preparing for your next family move.