Moving is something nobody usually likes to do, but it can be especially traumatic on children. After all, the home you are leaving may be the only one they have ever known in their lives.
The idea of saying goodbye to their classmates, their friends, and their familiar surroundings can be terrifying to children. So easing taking a few steps to ease the transition can be critical in helping them adjust to their new environment.
Hand Over Control
The first thing you can do is make children feel as if they have control over the situation. As your NYC movers are moving your things into your new home, if it’s practical try to give your children first choice of bedrooms. By claiming one room as their own, they can take ownership in your new home, increasing their feelings of safety and security.
Use things that are familiar to your children to make them feel more at ease in their new surroundings. This can include such things as their favorite toys or DVDs, or the smell of their favorite cookies baking in the oven.
Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
Make a point of setting aside time to explore your new community together. One fun way to do this is to make it into a scavenger hunt.
Write a list of the types of places your children will probably visit a lot — such as the local public library, a comic book store, video arcade, or convenience mart — then drive around until your children spot them. Don’t point them out on your own. The discovery by your kids will reinforce their sense of being part of the community.
Finally, give your kids a little bit of a longer leash, at least during the first couple of days or weeks in your new home. They are bound to be anxious enough as it is. Don’t compound their frustration by being overly controlling of them.