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Preventing 3 Main Stressors while Relocating Your Family

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Guest Blogger: Jennie Reedy

If you are someone who is relocating your family, you might be dealing with a time of high stress and frustration. No one likes change of this sort, and young children can be particularly upset about the issue. If you want to make sure that your family stays on an even keel while you are moving, take advantage of a few key tips.

Talk About It

Small children can build up impressively large stories in their heads about a move when they don’t have all of the information. Long before your move, talk with your child about it. Let them know what might change in their life and what will stay the same. Let them ask you the questions and answer them honestly and sincerely. The best thing that you can do for your child at this point is to be honest with them. Remember that you should not cushion anything, and that they will figure out the truth on their own sooner or later

Give Them Jobs

When you really get into the swing of moving, it is easy for a child to feel left out and useless. Children benefit from learning to do things, and they also love to feel like they are a help. Give your children tasks that they can do to make sure that they stay occupied and so that they will feel as though they are contributing. This helps them feel as if your whole family is moving, instead of their parent taking them someplace that they do not want to go. Allow your child to feel helpful, and you will find that they end up being much happier. On top of that, you’ll also get a little bit of help!

Have a Goodbye Party

Even if you are not moving very far, you’ll find that your child can be distressed at the people that they are leaving behind. Why not throw a small party for your child and let them invite the people who have been important to them while you lived in that abode? Children love celebrations, and you will find that this can offer them an excellent opportunity to get closure on a certain part of their life. This is also a great opportunity for you to say goodbye to some of your friends and acquaintances as well.

If you are someone who is invested in helping your child get through the move, take a moment and consider what you can do. There are many tips and tricks for helping them get used to the idea, so tailor your approach to your child and their nature!

 

About the Author

Jennie owns and operates self storage units in Fayetteville, NC. She recommends using Extra Space Storage in Albuquerque to her friends and family in Albuquerque, NM.

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