For children, moving
from one house to another within the same town can be a scary ordeal, so the
prospects of a big move to another country can leave kids feeling especially
anxious. Although it's impossible to completely eliminate your children's fears
about moving, you can make preparing for an overseas move much easier on them
by following a few simple guidelines.
Include Your Children
When you're preparing
for your overseas move, involve your children in the decision-making process as
much as possible. Older kids and teens may be able to help you select the
location for your new home or could have a vote in which house you choose. Give
younger children the opportunity to decide on the look of their new room or
another space in your home, such as a family game room.
Eliminate the Unknown
Many of the fears that
children have about moving to a new country can be alleviated by making the
place come alive. By browsing the Internet, watching movies and reading books,
you can help make your new overseas home feel more real to your kids and
eliminate much of their uncertainty.
Helping kids focus on
the things that will remain the same in your new home can reduce some of their
anxieties. Let them know what items you're bringing with you from your current
home. If your children are involved with sports or arts-related activities,
finding leagues, theatres and schools where they can continue to participate in
their favourite hobbies before you leave can help reassure them that they won't
have to give up the things they love.
Chess Moving is
devoted to making your overseas move easier on your entire family. We can help
you find resources to educate your children about their new home. In addition,
we can assist you with locating extracurricular activities and help you move as
many of your belongings to your new home as you wish to help maintain continuity
for your kids.