Explaining a Move to Your Kids
Published on Monday, 07 September 2009
Moving is always a big deal for adults, but many often overlook that a move affects children and teens profoundly as well. While some children are immediately vocal with their objections, reactions, and suggestions, some will also opt to keep quiet, which may result in more problems for you in the future - so it is always best for parents to explain a move to their children at the onset.
When talking to your kids, you should always let them know ahead of time what you are planning. Never spring the news to them all of a sudden - give them time to adjust and wrap whatever business they have with friends and associates before moving day itself. You also have to understand that not all children will react the same way when you announce a move to them. You need to explain the reasons behind such a big event and address all their needs and concerns accordingly. You should also try to make them involved in the move as much as possible - allowing them to pack their things and helping you in a general way around the house. This will let them feel that they are a part of and important to the move as well.
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