For adults, moving could be an expression or achievement, greater earning potential, or in some cases adjusting your living arrangements to suit your budget. While the moving process itself can be stressful because of keeping up with everything in your possession, it is the emotional burden that is not so easy to deal with. Your attachment to the old neighbourhood is often felt when you find that the new neighbours are totally different in character and nature. As an adult, you probably already have a ready strategy of adjusting but your children need your help.

Have a sit-down with your child

Children are a part of the family as any other adult who makes the decisions. While they may not want to move because they are leaving behind their friends or afraid of changing schools, explaining to them why the move is important will motivate them to put more effort to fit into their new neighbourhood and have a positive opinion of the move.

Organise a farewell party for them

A party in their honor makes them feel valued and appreciated by both family and friends. While it is always a possibility that your children will lose touch with their friends after a while, having a session in the party where guests leave their phone numbers, makes your child to feel in control of the situation. You can even encourage them to call or write after you settle into your new house so that your child will not feel lonely.

Take your children on a tour of the new house

Even if you and your children are finding it hard to adjust to the fact that you will be having new neighbours and new routines as a result of your move, you can find some interesting things to warm up to in the new neighbourhood. Do not wait for the day of the move to show your children the new house for the first time; it helps if they visit it a couple of times. That is going to be their new home so helping them see it from an outsider perspective helps them to appreciate it more.

Remain positive

Children will in most cases mirror the actions and emotions of their parents. Be wary of showing your children that you do not like the idea of moving or feeling down because you miss your friends back at the old neighbourhood. Be positive in your demeanour, language and facial expressions and strive to remain optimistic about meeting new friends and enjoying your stay at the new house.

Children adjust to change faster than we can imagine but they need consistency. Now that you decided to move to a new place, introduce them to community activities, clubs and movements in the new neighbourhood to keep them interested.


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