How To Tell Your Child You're Moving


Most children have some-or a lot-of "natural explorer" in them. Appeal to that explorer side when telling kids that the family is moving and you'll help them view the move as an experience that can lead to exciting discoveries.

Here you'll find a few moving tips for telling your younger children (up to age 9) and pre-teens and teens (age 10 and older). Naturally, you know your children and their personalities best. Adapt these suggestions to suit your kids.

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Tell your kids about the move as soon as possible.

It's natural to assume that the less time kids have to think about a move, the easier it will be for them. Experts say it's the opposite. Children need time to get used to the idea of moving. Don't put off telling them.



Welcome their questions.

Openness will go a long way toward helping your kids feel comfortable with the move. It's okay if you can't answer all their questions right now. What they ask will give you an idea of how they're feeling-excited or uneasy. And some questions may offer an ideal way to get them involved in the move process immediately, such as suggesting they get online to investigate the new community.



Be positive about the move.

Your attitude will influence your children's. Dread the move and it will seem dreadful to them too. Be enthusiastic and positive about the new experiences and opportunities in store, and your children are more likely to feel the same way.



Let them know they can help with the move.

This is a good time to emphasize that this is a family event and everyone will be part of planning, packing and perhaps choosing the new home.  Assure them that their contributions will be valued.


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