Moving With Kids. Kids are always sensitive to moving and here are a few things that will help ease the stress.
l Project a positive attitude to your kids. l Manage your stress level. l Buy a special address book so your child can gather addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. l If possible, bring your kids along when you look at houses. l If you're moving to another part of the state or to a different state, get out the atlas and show your child where you'll be moving. Put together information on climate, topography, local attractions and land features, historical data. l Gather information on the sports or other extra-curricular activities that interest your child so you know how and when to sign up. l Before you move, hold a going-away party for your child. l Put together a scrapbook/photo album of the old house. l Unpack the kids’ rooms first. Let them decide on new furniture or how to arrange their old furniture in the new room. l Keep to a routine. Have dinner the same time each night and make sure the kids are in bed at a specific time. l Be consistent with discipline. Don’t let misbehavior slide just because you’re too tired and stressed out to deal with issues. l Take your child to visit his or her new school and arrange to meet the teachers. l Supply your children with several copies of your new address and phone number. l When you move into your new home, begin a new keepsake and encourage your child to write about his or her hopes and expectations at the new home.