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  • Writer's pictureChantal B

Guide for Parents: Talking to Kids About Moving

I understand the importance of making transitions as smooth as possible for families. Moving can be an exciting and memorable time for both parents and children, and it's essential to approach the topic in a positive and fun way. With a little creativity and patience, you can turn this time into a unique experience for your kids. Here are ten fun and appropriate ways to talk about moving for different age ranges.


For Toddlers (ages 1-3):

  1. Use picture books to help explain the concept of moving and what it entails.

  2. Show your child pictures of the new home, neighborhood, and nearby parks.

  3. Use colorful toys, such as toy houses and cars, to act out the moving process.

  4. Play games, such as "packing up the toys" to make the move more fun.

  5. Sing songs about moving, like "The Wheels on the Bus."

  6. Give your toddler a "moving buddy" - a toy or stuffed animal that will accompany them throughout the transition.

  7. Use play-doh to make models of the new home and decorate it together.

  8. Create a "moving day box" filled with special items, such as toys and blankets, that your child can take with them on the day of the move.

  9. Have a special moving day breakfast or picnic to help make the transition more positive.

  10. Make a video of your current home, to help them remember their old surroundings.

For Elementary School Children (ages 4-8):

  1. Involve your child in the moving process by giving them tasks, such as packing their own toys or choosing the color of their new room.

  2. Create a timeline of the moving process, including a list of the steps involved, such as looking for a new home, packing, and moving day.

  3. Take a virtual tour of the new neighborhood and school online.

  4. Use maps and markers to show the route from your old home to the new one.

  5. Have a "goodbye party" for your child's friends, to help them say goodbye to their old community.

  6. Make a list of new places to visit, such as parks and museums, in the new area.

  7. Play games, such as hide-and-seek, to help familiarize your child with their new surroundings.

  8. Give your child a special keepsake or memory box to keep their special memories from their old home.

  9. Encourage your child to make new friends by setting up playdates and joining clubs or sports teams in the new area.

  10. Plan a special outing or adventure in your new city to help make the move more exciting.

For Tweens (ages 9-13):

  1. Involve your child in the decision-making process, by giving them a say in choosing the new home or neighborhood.

  2. Use technology, such as video conferencing, to help them stay in touch with friends from their old community.

  3. Encourage your child to research the new city, by reading about its history, famous landmarks, and attractions.

  4. Take a field trip to the new city and explore together.

  5. Plan a scavenger hunt in the new neighborhood to help them get to know their new surroundings.

  6. Give your child a journal to write about their experiences during the move.

  7. Encourage your child to get involved in the new community, by volunteering or joining clubs and sports teams.

  8. Take a family photo at the old home, to remember the memories.

  9. Offer positive reinforcement, such as a special outing or gift, to help them feel appreciated for their hard work and effort throughout the process.

  10. Create a family tradition for each move, such as decorating the new home together or having a special dinner.

Remember, it's okay to let your kids know that it's okay to feel sad or scared about the move. But by making it an exciting and positive experience, it can help ease their worries and make the transition smoother.

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