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PREPARING YOUR CHILDREN FOR A MOVE:

 Prepare Your Child for the New Home and Experience 1) If possible, take the child back to his old place every so often. 2) Help the child discover what he/she is going to miss most and then find things that will be similar or at least substitutes for that which he/she will be leaving.   3) Be enthusiastic and explain that some wonderful new things will be added to the child’s life when the move is complete.   4) Encourage children to exchange addresses, e-mail and phone numbers with their friends and arrange for them to call friends and family.   5) Create a memory book ,which often can ease the transition.   6) Write letters or draw pictures of the new house for favorite people left behind.  7) Talk about the place left behind with gentleness, good memories and loving thoughts.   8) Allow the child to reminisce at first; it will slow down as new friends are made and he/she is engaged in new activities.   9) Stay close and active with the child until he/she is ready to become independent in the new setting.   10) Take it slow and don’t push or belittle the child for not making new friends.   11) Let the older children help decide how their new room is to be arranged and decorated and encourage them to pack their own stuff.  12) During the move, help the young ones prepare a package of snacks, some clothing, and a few favorite things for them to carry with them.   13) Take “family time out” as soon as the major unpacking is done. Don’t try to do everything at once but do try to set up the child’s room immediately so he/she feels safe in the new environment.  14) Contact neighbors and find other children the same age in the neighborhood.  15) Sign up for activities in the nearby community center, park or sports organization to help them meet new friends.  Your Family @ Home by Dede Ginter