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A move is seen, by child development professionals, as one of the most unsettling happenings in a kid’s life. The manner in which a child responds to changing homes depends on several aspects, like personality, closeness to friends, and the reasons for the move. Several studies have shown that the parents are in the best place to offer the needed support to help their children be happy regardless of any move.


The approach of the parents to the move normally affects the child. If the parents are sad about it, the child’s reaction will be a negative one. On the contrary, if the parents are happy about it and talk about great expectations, the child will too. Normally, younger children are better at accepting big changes; children in their teens will have a rough time because the identity crisis that they normally experience during these years is deepened by the loss of their friends.


In order to make it easier on everyone, but especially on your children, talk openly to them about the move. Tell them what they can expect, what their new neighborhood is like and how to make new friends. If possible, take them there before moving, so that they can experience the place for themselves and feel like an important part of the decision. You can let your children choose their bedrooms and think of how they are going to decorate them, give them packing and labeling responsibilities, and let them meet the movers in Seattle, so that they feel useful.


After you move, pay attention to your children’s games and playing routines, these will help you identify their needs. If they are talking to friends, pets or dolls, they could be worried or fearful, thus, assure them that their normal activities will still be there and open the doors for communication.


Look for similarities between the old place and the new one, not only between the houses, but also between neighborhood and town. Go to the child’s new school with him or her before the first day. Go into the classroom and meet the teacher, encourage your child to play with a classmate before starting school and do not create false expectations about how cool the new school is. Let your child experience it for himself, but always show optimism and encouragement.


If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention PSMoving as the original source).


Rachel Clarkson

Movers in Seattle

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