Summer is usually a big move time.
So we wanted to share these tips for Kids & Moving
♦ Familiarize your children with their new home, neighborhood and school as much as possible prior to the move. Emphasize all the parks, playgrounds and fun features to which they will have access. (Now it's your turn to be the Realtor!)
♦ If you are moving a long distance, you should detach your children from their friends as gently as possible. Throw a good-bye party and distribute your new address to the other kids' parents so that they can correspond.
♦ Let your children pack and decorate a special box of their own.
♦ During the move, make it as fun as possible by sightseeing along the way, taking pictures and buying souvenirs.
♦ After the move, plan special activities that celebrate your new home and neighborhood, e.g., taking them to their favorite restaurants, throwing a housewarming party, starting a Scrapbook called Our New Home, etc.
♦ Encourage your children to write letters to their old friends, but at the same time encourage them to invite new friends over.
♦ Enroll your kids in the same sports, clubs and activities that they were in before.
Here is a list of books that may be helpful as well;
Berenstain Bears series has a book entitled, "Moving Day"
"Moving House" by Anne Civardi
"We're Moving" by Heather Maisner
"I'm Not Moving, Mama," by Nancy White Carlstrom
And finally, for your own reading, check out Lori Collins Burgan's "Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family's Transition to a New Home"