Moving house can be stressful especially when moving to another country and even more so with kids in tow. Crown Relocations has collaborated with Little Steps to give parents top tips on how to keep it fun and stress-free.
It is natural for parents to be concerned about the effect an international move can have on moving with children, given the stress often associated with relocating. But making an overseas move a positive experience for your children is totally achievable and can even become a fun new adventure for them!
Here are some tried and tested ideas to help your children adapt to the move:
KEEP IT VISUAL
If your kids haven’t yet seen their new home, take pictures or videos of the new house, their new room and cool spots in the area the next time you visit! Kids will love looking through the photos, and this will get them familiar with the idea of moving. Another great and fun idea is to print out a map of the area, show them where they will go to school, their local community, and get them to highlight with pens and stickers.
CELEBRATE OLD & NEW BEGINNINGS
For tweens and teens, a move can be tough because it involves leaving friends, sports teams, and favorite hangouts behind. Help them to say goodbye to their loved ones by hosting a cool goodbye party! Also, emphasize how easy it is to keep in touch through email and social media. Give each of your children an address book and make the party an opportunity for friends to write in their personal contact information.
Give your child some say in the new house and especially their new room, bring home some home paint swatches so that your child can choose the color of their new room. Let them pick out furniture, so they start to look forward to the new life abroad. Allowing your child to tap into their creativity will bring positivity to the move.
MAKE A TREASURE BOX
Give your child their own miniature packing box that can be decorated with stickers, paints, and pictures and used for a few of their favorite things. Ensure the box is small enough to place on the plane and travel with them to their new destination!
LEAVE THE BIG THINGS TO CROWN RELOCATIONS
All you need to look after during your move are your little ones. Crown Relocations don’t just insure and transport your belongings across the world. They provide a full range of services before, during and after your move – everything from home and school search, orientation trips, cultural and language training and much more. Their comprehensive services support relocating individuals and families all over the world.
Click here for the Crown Relocations kid’s destination guides written by kids for kids and to get a free moving quote today!