Carrie Quinn is a kindergarten teacher who enjoys writing. Her aim is to help parents deal with common difficulties they face while raising their kids. She strongly believes that every child needs a different approach and she strives to implement that way of thinking into her work. Her hobby is dance and she loves spending time in nature.
Communication is everything
Moreover, you should ask them about their worries and concerns and do your best to provide reassurance by giving concrete advice whenever possible. Such conversation will be a solid base for everything. Although you will not eliminate all of their fears and possible sadness, you will show your kids that they can rely on you to help them get through this challenging time. It's the best thing you can do for your child in any situation - provide them with stability and build trust so they know they can always turn to you for help.
Keep your kids included in the process
Furthermore, involve them in the process of moving itself. Regardless of your kids' age, there is something they can do to help you. They can pack their toys, decide which they want to keep and which to donate, gift, or throw away. Older kids can pack their entire rooms almost. And when you arrive at the new home, let your children decorate their new rooms, choose new wall colors, etc.
Keep things positive
Also, you can make the process of packing fun. Your kids can decorate the moving boxes; you can organize the silly costume contest with old clothes you have decided to discard; you can have packing competitions, and so on.
Visit the new school
When you visit the school, walk around the yard and the halls, get familiar with the building, learn where the gym is, where the canteen is. Moreover, talk to the new teachers and the principal. Perhaps they will be able to connect your kid to another new kid at school, which can help tremendously with adjusting, All that will help your kids transition to a new school because they will know what to expect. They will also get the feel of what the school is like, and they will already have someone they know there, so the first day won't have to be so scary.
Encourage your kid to get involved in extra-curricular activities
David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 16-year-old son, 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old toy poodle.