7 essential steps to take for a smooth relocation
Children, on the other hand, may only focus on negative things about the move such as leaving their friends behind, starting new schools, or having to deal with different people.
In this article, we will cover the main steps you can take to make the move easier for your kids.
1- Mentally prepare your kids before you relocate to another country:
Kids who grew in the same group since birth will find it difficult to be separated from them overnight. That’s why we recommend that you talk to them in an honest way and tell them the truth behind your move, is it for a new job, a bigger house, a better neighborhood or any other reason. Just tell them the truth and explain to them the benefits of moving: better salary, better life…
2- Involve them in the decision-making process:
Kids will face the hardest moments when moving, and we all know that when kids aren’t happy nobody in the family will be happy. We recommend that you ask them for their opinion and show them the new home, their new room, the neighborhood… Give them some space to decide on their own what will be better for them in the new destination. If possible, let them visit your new job site and show them that you are happy in the new place.
3-Let them personalize their new space:
Give them the chance to choose how their new room will be, colors, furniture, and so on.. If you have a backyard let them help you with the decoration as much as possible.
4- Keep them connected with friends and family:
Whether via video calling or social media, make sure that your kids stay connected to their friends and family members especially in the first few months where they haven’t made any new friends yet.
5- Hire professional movers to keep the stress low:
Let’s face this honestly: moving is stressful for adults and kids. If you decide to hire a professional moving company you will avoid tons of stress and mood swings during the relocation process. And this will have a positive impact on all the family members.
6- Choose the right neighborhood:
7- watch out for critical signs post the move in your kids:
As we said, children may face difficulties when changing their routines and this will be shown in their moods, appetite, behavior, and so on. If you find any warning signs in your kids’ behavior try helping them to adapt to the move in various ways, or else try seeking professional help from doctors or licensed mental health consultants in your area if the changes are extremely severe.
In conclusion, if you are relocating to another country with your kids, it is important to plan ahead and take the time to make sure you are doing what is best for all parties involved. If you are able to downsize and simplify your life, then adjusting to a new culture will be much easier. Leaving behind family and friends can be difficult but if everyone is willing, it will be one of the most rewarding experiences ever.