Relocating with kids


  1. Before you leave, make a final visit to your childrens favourite places. Bring a camera so your children can hold on to their favourite memories, even after the move.
  2. Encourage your children to exchange home and email addresses with their friends so that they can write and tell them all about their new home.
  3. Try to include your children when making plans for the move. If it's possible, take them with you when you visit your new city or home. This may alleviate some of their "fears of the unknown."
  4. Talking with your children about the move is very important. Encourage them to talk about their feelings, to tell you if they feel scared or apprehensive. Encourage them to ask questions so you can put their minds at ease.
  5. Help your children learn about their new city through public libraries, tourist information centres, the local Chamber of Commerce, book stores and the internet.
  6. Find out some information about zoos, parks, museums and malls (for the teenagers!) and tell them all about it, to help them like their new neighbourhood better.
  7. Just before Moving Day, prepare a package for each child full of their favourite toys, books, clothing and snacks. Label it with the child's name and be sure to keep it handy during the actual move.
  8. Although you may be tempted to discard their old, tattered toys, you may want to hold on to a few of your children's favourites. Let them unpack some of these well-loved toys and put them in their new room. Let your children help decide how his or her new room will be arranged and decorated.
  9. Once you arrive, survey your new home for loose steps, low overhangs and other possible accident areas. Keep an eye on the children until they become familiar with the new home's peculiarities.
  10. The first few weeks in a new school may be difficult. Follow their progress closely and do not hesitate to visit their teacher.


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