Moving Home- Helping You and Your Family Cope

by John Schofield - Date: 2010-07-02 - Word Count: 498 Share This!

For those who have not tried moving home, it can be a tiring and stressful experience. Adults can become emotional over it, and this can be even more difficult for kids. Having to adjust to a new environment, attend a new school, and leave their friends behind is not easy, especially if they have been there for quite a long time already. But, when you know how to deal with it, you could avoid the emotional problems that usually take place when you and your family have to move to a new house.

The first thing to do is to remain positive. Oftentimes, the reason for moving home is because of a better job offer, a promotion, or a great business opportunity. Think about its benefits, and how exciting it is to be earning more and landing in a more fulfilling job or business. This will offset the inconvenience of having to pack up and relocate. But, if the reason for relocating is something thatŐs not a positive one, such as a divorce or separation, staying positive can be difficult. But you have to keep trying because children can easily get affected. When they see you sad and depressed because you are moving out, they will feel the same way too.

The next thing you should do is to spend time to talk to your kids. Explain to them as best as you can about your reason for moving. Tell them how great the new place is and give them something to look forward to. Keep them updated during the days or weeks prior to the move out day so they can feel that they are part of everything thatŐs going on. When you talk to your kids, make sure you listen empathetically. Allow them to express their feelings, good or bad, and help ease their worries. Understand that feelings of apprehension and doubt are natural and you should not be too judgmental or close-minded.

When talking to your kids, stay open and honest. Do not keep details hidden from them unless really necessary. The more open you are, the more comfortable they will feel towards moving.

If a child cries or throws tantrums, be patient and understanding. Children donŐt have the same coping mechanisms, as adults so do not be quick to show anger. They will probably show withdrawn behaviour and will show signs of depression. Others will throw tantrums. Be a supportive parent and give them time to let out their feelings. Just keep on reassuring them that everything will be OK and again, remain positive.

For families who have moved houses before and had a bad experience, the next one can be quite difficult to handle. If this applies to you then you should be ready for negative reactions from your kids. Just continue to stay positive and make sure you talk to them as often as possible to somehow ease their worries. If you do it right, your kids will eventually warm up to the idea of moving home.

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