Moving and the Kids Make Your Kids Understand in Simple Steps
One of the major issues when you are moving your family and your kids are still in school is that your kids will probably not like the idea. Most parents make the mistake of simply dismissing their children’s feelings and impose everything on them as parents. But it is important to be able to establish a good communication process with the kids to help them better understand the situation.
Gathering everyone and starting a family meeting is one way to do this. You should also do this long before the expected move so that any issues your children have can be threshed out and hopefully, be solved before the big day. This also helps minimizing complications during the actual day of the move. Older children, especially, will most likely have problems regarding their social life and friends they need to leave behind, but this means that they are also old enough to understand why you need to move, and the only way to do this is through establishing proper channels of communication. Telling everyone early also helps them make the necessary arrangements before they move on to where you’re going to.
Good communication also leads to a generally smoother move. Getting everyone involved will greatly ease the stress you have had you planned on handling everything alone – you can assign specific tasks to each of your family members. It will also strengthen your family ties, as your move and everything about it will become a collective family effort.
When to Move
A common notion held by many is that the summer holiday is the most ideal time to move when you have kids. This way, they say, the children can start in a brand new school year and not be left behind by classmates who have already adapted to the momentum of lessons and lectures already established in class. Also, a move during the holidays might let your children acclimatize better to their new environment, as they’ll probably also be with other new kids.
But there are also certain advantages to be had when you transfer while your kids are still in the middle of the school year. Kids can make friends faster since they’ll be forced to adjust to an already and ongoing classroom setting. They also won’t need to grope around in the dark on what to do since there is already an established environment with rules they only need to follow to adapt accordingly.
It really depends on your own individual judgment on how to be able to communicate properly with your kids and decide when to move. These are decisions that depend on how (and how much) you know your kids. But remember that moving is a big event that affect everyone, including your kids, so don’t rush them just because they’re young. Your kids will need to understand why you’re moving and need to be able to adapt well to their new environment, so it’s important to always include them and their needs in the decision making process.
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