5 Relocation Tips for Kids: Pre-departure
I remember sitting at the dining room table in our family home outside Minneapolis when I was about 7 years old. The dinner conversation somehow turned to moving and my parents said that they did not think we would ever move. Boy, were they wrong! By the time I finished high school, I had attended six different schools in four different communities in two different states. All of that change was hard. Leaving old friends behind and having to make new friends every few years was challenging, but when I look back on it all now, I realize that all that change has made me the person that I am today.
Today I use those skills to help prepare other people for the challenges of learning to live in a new community. That includes working with children. Since I know what it’s like to be the new kid on the block (several times over), I want to share some insights with kids going through this process. The following are a few helpful tips for preparing kids for moving day.
- Research your new town. Ask your parents to help you find information on the internet about where you will live. Check the population. Look at the weather. Discover what kinds of museums, theaters, or other attractions they have.
- Take a virtual tour of the school on their website. Find out what the classrooms look like. Look at pictures of other students. Read about the lunch program or after school activities. Learn which books you will use and whether or not uniforms are required.
- Learn some basic phrases in the new language. Even simple things like “Hi, my name is_______” or “What’s your name?” can give you the confidence to interact with your peers.
- Talk to your parents about how you feel and ask questions. Discuss your feelings of excitement and anxiety about the move with your parents. Ask them to explain why this move is so important and how it will affect you. Whenever a doubt arises, ask them.
- Pack some of your favorite toys, books, and pictures. Being away from everything that is familiar is tough. That’s why I recommend bringing some of your favorite items with you. They can provide a sense of familiarity in a place that is so different from what you’re used to.
These are just a few ideas to help you get ready for the big move. I hope they help you feel more comfortable about moving. Overall, the key is to stay positive. It is okay to have some fears because everything is so uncertain during this time, but look on the bright side through it all. An incredible new adventure is waiting for you on the other side!
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