How Does Moving Affect Children?

What To Consider When Moving

 

When the a family makes a decision to move they will always consider where they are moving to and how they will be moving they, how they need to back their belongings in a timely fashion in order to comfortably move their items to the new location and settle in as soon as possible. In the event that there are no children in the home it is easier for the adults to simply pack up their belongings and relocate. The situation becomes a bit more complicated when children are involved in the process. Though adults are used to change and may be use to the thought of changing environment they sometimes feel some type of fear or discomfort when considering the thought of the unknown. As an adult you consider things like; how will the new neighborhood be? How will your neighbors be? How will they interact with your children? Will they have pets? Will the children be okay with the pets in the neighborhood? How convenient would it be to get to the grocery stores around? How easy would it be to get to work, or to visit friends and family? Is the neighborhood safe? Though these are all factors that would have been considered prior to the move, one can only know so much until the actual move takes place, so in all it could be a risk for both parents and children.

What To Consider With Children

Regardless of the type of move in question, change will always bring discomfort especially to children. It may seem very scary that one night you are sleeping on the second floor of your home, in your bedroom located at the right-hand side of your house when the next day you would be sleeping on the left-hand side on the first floor of your home. As a child the thought may bring great discomfort and must be dealt with care and great understanding. There are lots of handy tricks to overcome such fears  but you must first understand what your child is actually going through. Though children are very adaptable, they make have some insecurities and reservations in terms of making new friends either in their new school or within the neighborhood. Will the other children like me? Would they think that I am different or weird because I come from a different location? These are all things to consider as they make feel rejected and thus not put themselves out there. Though you might be very busy during the move, as a parent you must take the time to have that conversation with your child in order to see if they are feeling that way and to give them the best counsel possible. They may also be feeling as though they will not be able to cope academically speaking. What if the other children are smarter than they? What if their standards of education or academic performance does not measure up to that of the children in their new schools. As a parent you must give them the assurance that they have been well instructed all through their lives and that they will do just fine. These are all social and emotional things to consider when relocating with a child.

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