YOUR SMALLEST MOVERS
The majority of relocating families have
dependent children. If you are moving
with children, you probably researched
schools before moving; however, personal
school visits will transform the unknown
into reality. Visits to new schools to survey
the classrooms and meet teachers will go a
long way to allay your, and your children’s,
worries about the new environment.
Listen carefully to each child’s concern—
every move can bring new issues to the
surface. Encourage your children to
maintain contact with former friends,
even while trying to make new friends.
Exchanging photos, having e-mail access
and possibly a cell phone with a camera
feature can help bridge the gap between
old and new friends during the early weeks
in a new location.
DEALING WITH CHALLENGES
Keep in mind that every stage and every
age can bring new challenges. Children
who sailed through the last move could be
in an entirely different place emotionally
and physically for this move, so parents
cannot assume that a child will ease into
the current move. Routinely share accom-
plishments and challenges with each other
and talk about ways to overcome difficul-
ties. Children need to know that, although
the parents are responsible for uprooting
them, you both have challenges to face,
The following signs may indicate that
children are struggling with the adjust-
ment: sudden reading difficulties, changes
in attention span or study habits, weight
loss or gain, altered enthusiasm or energy
levels, strained relationships with you or
their siblings, or disturbed sleep patterns.
Stay closely involved with your children
during the early months in a new loca-
tion so you know how they are feeling,
what they are thinking and who their new
Consider volunteering or get involved
with the school so that you can see for
yourself how your children are managing.
Both adults and children need the stability
and comfort of established routines, so
keep the same rules, bedtimes, mealtimes,
allowances and expectations that you
had before moving. Refer to the Tips for
Settling In sidebar for more great info to
help both you and the kids.
CHILDREN AND SAFETY
When children are in an unfamiliar environment, they can easily forget basic safety
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1. Write down three or four goals
to achieve in your new city.
2. Continue all your special family
celebrations and traditions.
4. Share some of your family’s special recipes and cultural aspects
with new acquaintances and neighbors.
3. Keep a log of new experiences
6. Give everyone in the family manageable moving
chores (taking care of practical matters will take
the edge off homesickness).
8. Join an athletic or special interest group.
7. Get involved in community and/or religious
organizations, especially those that sponsor activities,
volunteer efforts and programs for newcomers.
5. Learn about the local government,
issues and politics.
9. Most importantly, be patient and take one day at a time.
for getting settled in