Children and Relocating

Austin Relocation can help give advice on helping you and your children through your relocation to Grand RapidsMoving can be a disruptive experience for families because so many changes take place. Relocation affects all members of the family, and it is often easy to overlook the needs of small children.

  • Tell your children why you are moving.
  • Have a family discussion concerning what you are sad about leaving and what you are looking forward to once you move.
  • Ask children what they would like to know about the new area — don’t make assumptions.
  • Plan a party to say good-bye to friends; develop ways to stay in touch.
  • Utilize a calendar to explain what will happen in what order during the moving process.
  • Read your child stories about moving.
  • Take a camera on your house hunting trip. Take pictures of other children, their activities and the inside of the school. Take these back to youngsters at home.
  • Allow children to participate in the packing process.
  • If possible, have all family members present on moving day to watch the loading of the van. Try to put children’s possessions in last so they will be unloaded first.
  • Celebrate your arrival at your new home.
  • Explore the neighborhood with your children to alleviate their concerns about getting lost.
  • Help your children plan their first day of school — what to wear and take along and how to get there.
  • Spend extra time with your children throughout the relocation so that you can understand their concerns and take steps to alleviate them.