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Signs and Symptoms of Culture Shock in Children

Culture shock is a natural part of the process of moving overseas, and it doesn't just affect adults. Children are just as susceptible to suffering from culture shock, but unfortunately, they are often unable to communicate how they are feeling, particularly if they're young. As a parent preparing to move your children overseas, knowing about the signs and symptoms of culture shock can help you recognise when your child is struggling with your move.

Some of the signs of culture shock in children include:

Irritability and crying

If your good-natured child suddenly becomes more short-tempered in the weeks or months following your move, they may be experiencing culture shock.


You may notice a child who is suffering from culture shock reverting to old behaviours, such as bed-wetting or asking for a pacifier. Their verbal, social and physical skills can all regress when they are stressed due to a move.

Changes in play habits

If your child is no longer interested in the same things or is exhibiting major changes in attention span during play, culture shock may be to blame.


Anxiety frequently accompanies culture shock. Many children who are going through emotional difficulties following a move become clingy. They may ask to sleep in your bed at night, cry when you leave them or follow you around the house. An increased need for affection and cuddling can also occur because of anxiety.

One of the best ways to reduce culture shock is to learn as much as you can about your destination country. Chess Moving can help you and your family prepare for your move and give you information about your new home. Contact us today to learn more.


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