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Moving is stressful enough for adults, who presumably have some motivation for making the change. For kids, who don't have a lot of control over the process, it can be even harder.
One of the best things you can do for your kids is to manage your own stress. When Mom or Dad is irritable, it rubs off on everyone in the family.
In communicating with your kids about the move, emphasize positive aspects of the new place -- a ballpark, getting their own rooms, etc. -- while setting up ways to keep in touch with old friends.
Moving will disrupt their routines -- there's no way around it. When you arrive in the new place, make it a priority to get them back on schedule. Unpack their rooms first, and give them a chance to spend some "down time" reconnecting with familiar toys and objects in their new space. As soon as possible, re-establish consistent times for meals and sleep.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|