March 30th, 2012
Moving is a highly stressful and chaotic period for any body. For children in their preschool-age years, however, moving can be quite confusing. There are steps you can take before, during, and after the move to help young kids make the transition.
Before the move
Parenting Magazine suggests in its July 2011 issue that chatting regularly about the move with your kids before it happens helps them get used to the idea. Psychologist and author of Moving With Children Tom Olkowski suggests showing the children photos of the new house, neighborhood, school, and yard ahead of time.
During the move
In this phase of the moving process, many kids are terrified of losing beloved items such as teddy bears or blankets. To help them feel more comfortable, give them a backpack for moving day filled with their favorite possessions and a snack or two.
After the move
While it is tempting to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of unpacking and decorating, it is important to remember and keep up with regular family routines. This will help your children during the transition.
“Preschoolers adjust fairly quickly with support from parents, meeting new playmates, getting settled in a new preschool, and learning their way around a new house,” said Dr. Olkowski.