Moving away from friends and familiar settings can be traumatic for children, but this can be prevented if you help them adjust to their new life in a new neighborhood. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
Tell them as soon as you hear the news
One of the worst things you can do is to rip your children out of their communities without even letting them prepare for it. Tell them ASAP in order for them to begin adjusting and bidding their farewells to old friends. Let them express their feelings, whether positive or negative, and the move itself will be less traumatic.
Reassure your children
It is always better to be understanding and tell your kids that it’ll be okay instead of berating them or telling them how hard you had it back in the day. They will need your support at this troubling time whether they admit it or not so take the initiative and make them feel loved.
Focus on the positive
Learn what you can about the place you are moving to, like the local attractions or activities that your child can enjoy. Help your child shift his or her attention away from losing friends and focus instead on making new friends. Technologies like cell phones, email, chat software and social networks will also make it possible for your child to keep in touch with old friends.
Keep these simple tips in mind and you’ll have a much easier time helping your kid adjust to the move!
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