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Tips To Help Your Child Cope With The Big Move

Moving can be very disruptive to adults and can be even more traumatic for your children.  Here are a few tips that you can use to prepare your child for the big move.

  1. Show the children the new home and their new room prior to moving.  If this is not possible, pictures or videos will help them visualize where they are going

  2. Make a scrapbook of the old home and neighborhood.

  3. Throw a goodbye party.  At the party have their friends sign a t-shirt.

  4. Have your children write goodbye letters and enclose their new address.  You may wish to call the other children’s parents so that they will encourage return letters.

  5. When packing, give your children their own box and let them decorate it.

  6. Start a scrapbook for your new home.

  7. Visit your children’s new school, park, church, etc…Take a camera!

  8. Help your children invite new friends over to your new home.

  9. Let your children choose a new favorite restaurant.  This will help them feel in control of their New World.

  10. Encourage your children to send letters about their new home to their friends.

  11. Involve your children in groups, sports, and activities like the ones they used to participate in prior to relocating.

  12. Remember, even if you only lived in a home for a few years, to a young child it is nearly their entire lifetime.

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