So you're moving! Whether you're moving to a new state or moving down the street, changes can be stressful on children. Even a move to a nearby neighborhood will mean a change in friendships and sometimes in schools for kids. Try these tips to make the transition less painful.
Talk to the kids about moving. Listen and discuss their thoughts and fears, if any. Discuss what changes might happen and give them time to think about it. When children are included and have information, you'll lessen anxiety.
Children can stay connected to their peers through scheduled play dates, video chats with adults present and supervised online gaming sessions. Services such as Yahoo games are free and online games can act as an ice breaker, giving kids something to do and talk about with friends after they have moved to a new place. Make sure all sessions are supervised.
Something as simple as taking piano lessons from the girl down the street, enrolling in an intramural sports team, or bringing brownies to a neighbor can help a child make valuable connections to a new environment. For a list of resources in Louisville in the new neighborhood you're considering, you can contact me for suggestions. Think about taking children on exploring excursions, whether that is a walk around the block or a driving expedition to discover a nearby yogurt shop. Volunteer as a family for a local cause.
Books for kids about moving can be a great resource. Choose one that is age appropriate and use it as jumping off point to talk about moving and answer questions. These might help you answer your own questions as well! These are for children age 0-8 but check out these books on Goodreads if you need ideas for older children.
I love to work with growing families. If you're in the Louisville Kentucky area or moving here and need a real estate agent who is thoughtful, effective and detail oriented, call me today at 502-551-5371. I can't wait to hear from you.
A Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Kentucky, Cindy's experience and familiarity with Louisville have been the foundation for a successful real estate career. She holds the real estate certifications of ABR, SRES, CRS and GRI