We spoke to the moving experts at Advance about ways to make a big move easier for children.
1. Involve them, but don’t burden them
There might be the tendency for you to think your children should hear all your concerns and pressures regarding the move. Be aware of the information they should know, and information you should probably not share with them. This could make or break the experience for them, and after all, there is not much they can do to help with the issues that are concerning you anyway.
2. Make the move sound exciting
Encourage your children to learn about the new country, its cultures, special holidays, and things that will make them excited about leaving what is familiar to them.
3. Allow them to make some decisions
This, of course, is age-dependent, but children feel empowered when they are allowed to make decisions. Ask them to choose which toys they’d like to take or which can be donated, which clothes they think will suit the new climate, and which they can give away.
If you already have a new home to move to, show them pictures and let them help you decide where they think certain items will fit in the new house; let them choose a bedroom or a paint colour.
4. Pack some familiar items in your carry-on luggage
Allow your children to leave some special items out of the shipping containers for them to have on the journey and upon arrival.
5. Set a good example
Children learn from what they see, more than from what they hear. Demonstrate excitement and anticipation and a willingness to involve yourselves in your new community so that your children do the same.
Advance Worldwide Removals can’t help you raise your children, but they can make your move simple, safe, and dare we say, enjoyable.