Moving With Kids
Project a positive attitude to your kids and try to manage your stress level. Buy a special address book so your child can gather addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. If possible, bring your kids along when you look at houses. If you're moving to another part of the state or to a different state, get out the atlas and show your child where you'll be moving. Put together information on climate, topography, local attractions and land features, historical data. Gather information on the sports or other extra-curricular activities that interest your child so you know how and when to sign up.
Before you move, hold a going-away party for your child. Put together a scrapbook/photo album of the old house. Unpack the kids’ rooms first. Let them decide on new furniture or how to arrange their old furniture in the new room. Keep to a routine. Have dinner the same time each night and make sure the kids are in bed at a specific time. Don’t let misbehavior slide just because you’re too tired and stressed out to deal with issues. Take your child to visit his or her new school and arrange to meet the new teachers.
Supply your children with several copies of your new address and phone number. When you move into your new home, begin a new keepsake and encourage your child to write about his or her hopes and expectations at the new home.