Help Your Kids Move On

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Kids who haven't begun elementary school are probably the easiest to move, but they still need guidance and help in the transition. Explain while toys are being packed away that they will see them again; if possible, take toys to the new home, a few at a time, and allow the child to get acclimated to the new surroundings gradually. School-age kids may be OK with moving but still may need help and time to adjust. Make transferring schools easier by keeping documents needed to register - birth certificates, immunization records, etc. - accessible and in a safe place during the move. Teenagers may have the most difficult time with a move - they tend to have firmly established peer groups and romantic relationships, in some cases, that can be traumatic to leave. Consider planning visits back to the old neighborhood, if possible, plus listen to and validate teens' concerns about the move. Try to set up kids' rooms first to establish their own space, and try to keep meal and bedtimes regular post-move.