Moving can cause a lot of stress on both parents and children. Don’t worry, you don’t have to navigate it alone. We spoke with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Rebecca Maxwell for tips on how to help your children during a move.
1. Involve your kids in the move.
Let them pack their things from their old room and help set up their new room by picking paint colors. The more control kids have, the better they’re able to say goodbye to their old home and start creating memories in their new home.
2. Talk about their feelings.
Ask your children how the move makes them feel. Make room for all emotions, including anger, and let them know that they may feel lots of different things and that’s okay. Help them process and talk about emotions. When they say them out loud, they don’t feel quite so big.
3. Take care of yourself.
And make sure you take care of yourself. Take time to process your own emotions with someone you trust. Your kids will absorb your emotions, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself and processing everything that you might be feeling about the move.
At Hover Girl properties, our real estate agents are experts in helping military families move to or out of Jacksonville, FL. With a staff of mostly retired military and military spouses, we understand what you’re going through and we know how to help.