Moving with children can be challenging as they may fully grasp the reason for leaving. Make sure they are well-prepared and can adjust to their new home easily.
Moving with children is often very stressful. Thankfully children often end up adjusting quicker to living abroad than adults. Unlike their parents, they eventually adapt fully to the new situation.
With all the stress of moving internationally, parents often overlook how demanding moving is on children. Steps can be taken to ensure a smooth transition for their children. It’s more than the right school, a safe neighborhood, and spending enough time with the youngsters that is important at this point. To make sure their children benefit from the cultural transition, parents must include them in the process. This isn’t always easy, especially if the child is very young.
Moving with children can be easier if they are able to help organize the move. Packing their own belongings, choosing travel activities, and deciding on the right schooling option for themselves can leave a positive impression.
Before You Depart
The sooner you can inform your young ones about your international move, the better. This gives them ample time to prepare and say goodbye to their friends.
Having this conversation can be tough. It is best to choose a moment when the kids are relaxed and parents have enough time to completely explain the situation. Your children are bound to have questions, so be prepared to answer them openly. Major life changes can cause feelings of fear and uncertainty, especially for children who are old enough to realize that this move will mean leaving their friends and familiar surroundings behind.
There is a plethora of information online. Utilize this fully to start to acquaint your children with the country to which you will be moving.
The Timing of Your Move
The timing of your move is a sensitive subject. Giving your children enough time to adapt to the situation is key. Just like adults, it takes children a while to get over their jet lag and come to terms with the new situation.
Be careful not to let too much time pass before you try to integrate them into their new surroundings. For children, boredom kicks in fast, and if they have not found any friends, serious homesickness can set in. Plan activities, games, or field trips, in order to keep your kids busy until school starts. If they have something to do, your children will not have time to think about all the things they have left behind.
The ideal time for moving with children is about two weeks before the beginning of a new school year. This way, your kids will have enough time to settle in.
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