Moving can be stressful for a child or teen. Use these tips to prepare them for the transition.
- Step 1: Make organizing the child’s room your first priority.
- TIP: Let them help with the decorating process.
- Step 2: Let the child say goodbye to their friends, teachers, and babysitters. Get their friends' contact information so they can keep in touch.
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- Step 3: Explore the neighborhood for fun things to do, including parks, libraries, and hobby or ice cream shops.
- Step 4: Visit the new school to look into academics, sports, or clubs they may be interested in.
- TIP: Be receptive to both positive and negative reactions.
- Step 5: Maintain your regular schedule for bedtime and meals, before, during, and after the move.
- Step 6: Involve your kids in the house-hunting process. Get them excited about picking their new rooms.
- Step 7: Talk to your child or teen about the move. Let them know where, why, and when the move will occur.