Helping Children Cope with a Move

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate RS151669

1.      Show the children the new home and their new room prior to moving.  If this is not possible, pictures or videos will help them visualize where they are going.

2.      Assure children that you won't forget their friends.

3.      Make a scrapbook of the old home and neighborhood.

4.      Throw a good-bye party.  At the party have their friends sign a t-shirt.

5.      Have your children write good-bye letters and enclose their new address.  You may wish to call the other children's parents so that they will encourage return letters.

6.      When packing, give your children their own box and let them decorate it.

7.      Start a scrapbook for your new home.

8.      Visit your children's new school, park, church, etc... Take a camera.

9.      Help your children invite new friends over to your new home.

10.  Let your children choose a new favorite restaurant.  This will help them feel in control of their New World.

11.  Encourage them to send letters about their new home to their friends.

12.  Involve your children in groups, sports, and activities like the ones they used to participate in.

13.  Remember, even if you only lived in a home for a few years, to a young child it is nearly their entire lifetime.

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Angel Giles
Real Living Advantage - Dalton, GA

Great advise! I have done this personally with my daughter. She has autism and responds greatly to the the transition book with pictures. We also write social stories together to take the "unknown" out of the move.

Have a great week!


Nov 24, 2008 12:21 AM #1
Jackie -
770.498.7333 - Atlanta, GA
Learn to leverage technology to get more done.

Carol Swain - I don't see too many of these types of topics on AR, yet, helping children cope with a move is a concern many parents share. Great topic idea!

Nov 24, 2008 02:29 PM #2
Jim Tutton
M & E Transportation - Tacoma, WA

This is awesome advice.  Having been in many homes consulting the mom's and dad's on their moving needs and then seeing the children when the movers come in a start boxing stuff up and loading the big truck.  This is not a happy time.  Realty is setting in on these kids and the it really stresses them out.  

I usually consult my moving personel to take care with the kids and try and involve them in the move when it is safe for the kids and it is amazing how excited they get. 

Any move is stressful no matter what the age of the person, but these kids do not understand what  is going on.  From the Realtor down to the movers,  keep the kids feelings in mind and try not run over them on your way to a sale.  Everyone will greatly appreciate this kind service.

Jim Tutton
M & E Transportation
(253) 222-8595

Dec 09, 2008 07:59 AM #3
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