Moving Abroad with Kids?

Moving Abroad with Kids?

When moving abroad, children need to say goodbye to their friends, teachers, community. This can be overwhelming. On the other hand children are resilient and incredibly strong and are able to accustom easily. If you take the time to explain them what to expect, involve them and listen to their concerns, you can make this moving adventure a positive experience. Below you will find 10 tips for moving with children.

1. Have a family meeting

This is good moment to emphasize that this move is a family event. Make sure that everybody of the family will be part of planning, packing and choosing the new residence.

2. Stimulate your kids to raise questions

Questions and doubts of your kids can give you an idea on how they feel about the move. Communicate and try to understand their concerns.

3. Get the kids involved in the move

Moving will have an impact on your kids. Prepare and explain that moving together will get you on track.

4. Let the kids help

This is a great opportunity for your kids to sort out their toys. They can also help you to pack some of their personal belongings.

5. Be positive about the move

Your attitude about the move will influence the attitude of your kids. Be positive and enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead of you, and your children will be as well.

6. Have a goodbye party

Children love a celebration, so give your kids the opportunity to say goodbye to their friends. It is a great way to turn the move into a positive experience.

7. Have extra kids clothing

We all know kids can make mess, so please make sure to have sufficient extra clothes on hand during the removal. You never know you might need them.

8. Maintain familiy routines

When arriving at your new home, there will be a lot of changes for your kids. Maintaining certain (bedtime, sports practice) routines will be very important for your kids.

9. Do not rush with the unpacking

Take your time to unpack slowly and gradually. If you unpack all the boxes at once, you will create piles of empty cartons and stuff everywhere, which will create unnecessary stress.

10. Make it feel like home

One of the most important things for a smooth settling in, is making your kids feel at home. Create a cosy place and take some time to reflect.