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.