How to Tell Them – How to Tell the Kids, Part 1
When parents or caregivers think about stress in children's lives, moving to another neighborhood is not the first thing that comes to mind. But changing homes, schools, and friends can be very stressful. Some children embrace moving as an opportunity to make new friends and to learn new things; others get anxious or develop behavior problems.
As we all know, moving is one of the most stressful tasks you can ever undertake; however, as much as it's difficult for adults, it's even harder for the younger members of the family.
When told they are moving, small children often feel scared, uncertain and a sense that their world is collapsing. In fact, because a child's home is their world, a world they associate with family, love and safety, the thought of it no longer existing can be quite frightening.
For older children, the fear of leaving friends, teachers, a school they know and a familiar routine can be equally hard. For both young children and older children, there are some things you can do to help them adjust to the move a little more smoothly.