If you’re relocating to a new city, try to make the transition as smooth as possible for your children. Even if they act as though they don’t care or you think they won’t fully understand the details, keep children informed to help them feel secure about the situation.
The greatest fear preschool children typically have is that they will somehow be left behind. If you need to leave your children for a short time to search for your new home or to orient yourself to the new location, reassure them that you will be back. It may help if you bring them back something from the new location. Consider assigning them a task to complete before you return, such as packing some of their toys in boxes. This will help them feel more involved in the move.
Elementary children may fear how the move will disrupt their everyday lives. To alleviate these fears, take pictures of the new location and of such spots you know they will enjoy as parks and pizza parlors.
Teenagers may be worried about fitting in and making new friends at their new school. Help assure them by finding out as much as you can about the school they will attend. Make special notes of the local trends, sports teams and school clubs.
Once you’re settled into your new home, visit the schools that the children will attend and schedule a meeting with the teachers before their first day of school. Once your children start to make new friends, encourage them to bring their new classmates home to visit.
With careful planning and consideration of your children’s feelings, the transition will be comfortable for everyone. If you need more advice on relocating, or if you need help selling your existing home, call me. As your real estate sales professional, I am here to help you every step of the way.