Moving your family can be an exciting experience! This is the time when you get to discover a whole new neighborhood, get lost in your new city, and embrace new beginnings. Although change is exciting, stress is another factor that comes into play with so much happening at once. With preparations such as school changes, packing, budgeting and scheduling your move, you may overlook how these factors can impact you and your close relatives.
Leaving school and friends may be a difficult transition for your children. You and your spouse may encounter difficulties leaving your work colleagues and friends. It’s important to stay conscious of these changes, and to take precautions ahead of time to relieve some of the stress. On that note, here are some quick tips and tricks to ease the transition when moving your family:
Prepare before moving your family:
Moving your children
- Talk to your kids about the upcoming changes ahead of time. This will give them time to notify their friends about what the future holds, say a lot of goodbyes and make plans to stay in touch.
- Request your child’s school, medical and dental records before you relocate.
- Visit your child’s future school, arrange their schedules and try to meet with their new teachers. Try to bring your kids along, helping to build excitement about new surroundings and friends.
- Arrange a farewell party for the kids and invite their school friends.
Moving your pets
- Keep your pet’s regular routines up until the day you move. Walking and feeding times should stay consistent to help avoid any nausea or digestive issues during travel.
- Keep your pet’s up-to-date medical records on hand.
- Depending on your pet, purchase sturdy carriers to transport your animals comfortably.
- If you’re traveling long distance with dogs, make regular stops along your trip to allow them bathroom and exercise time!
Help your family adjust after the move:
- Plan out room decor with your child to get them excited about their new living spaces.
- Remind your children to keep in contact with their friends. Writing letters, video chatting and calling helps overcome initial homesickness.
- Discover the new area with your children. Parks, arcades, restaurants and more are great places to socialize and meet others in the same age range.
- Explore extra curricular activities your children could get involved in. Sports and other clubs are great way to get to know others in a new area.
Stress is inevitable when you’re packing everything and moving somewhere new, but it’s definitely manageable. Considering your children when making plans, and giving yourself plenty of time to prepare can guarantee your move will be a breeze!
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