Read here to find out how to move home successfully with toddlers, how to prepare them for the move and getting them to help.
Moving is a stressful experience for all family members. Children can show this stress in a variety of ways. This article deals with how to alleviate or eliminate some of the stresses for your family.
Strategies to help children adjust to moving
Be understanding. Accept and acknowledge both positive and negative feelings. Let your children know that it’s OK and normal to feel anxious. Watch out for verbal and nonverbal communication. Your younger child may act out rather than tell you if something is worrying him whilst your older child may become withdrawn.
Provide continuity. Much of the stress associated with moving comes from the “newness” and “difference” of things. Keep routines and other family habits as normal as possible. Don’t be tempted to make a lot of major changes in your home life.
Be patient. New adjustments take time. Individuals handle things differently. Some children will ease slowly into a new situation, some will leap in head first. Allow for differences in personalities.
Use children’s literature. Books and movies are wonderful for helping children prepare for and understand difficult situations. Story characters who model successful coping strategies are an excellent resource for children.
Above all, take the time to enjoy the move. The boxes can wait. Have fun finding out about your new home and spending time in it with your family.
Children’s books about moving
Dear Phoebe, S. Alexander
We Are Best Friends, Aliki
It’s Your Move: Picking up, packing up and settling in L. Bourke
I Don’t Live Here!, P. Conrad
I’m Moving, M. W. Hickman
My Friend William Moved Away, M. W. Hickman
Moving Molly, S. Hughes
I’m Not Moving!, P. Jones
Maggie and the Goodbye Gift, S. Milord & J. Milord
A New Boy in Kindergarten, J.B. Moncure
Mitchell is Moving, M. W. Sharmat,
The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer and Other Stories About Adam Joshua, J. I. Smith
Moving Day, T. Tobias
Moving, W. Watson
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.