Moving out of state is an overwhelming task, but it’s even more difficult coping with kids who don’t want to make this major life transition. The adjustment to a new school, a new home, and new friends can seem like an impossible feat for children who have only known the comfort of a single location.
Regardless of age, most children will face a few difficulties moving to a new location. After all, you might experience more than a few worries yourself during this strenuous process.
Here are some of the best tips and tricks to make this move all the easier.
Ensure your children can stay in touch with friends
One of the hardest parts of moving is overcoming the distance between close friends. Luckily, just because your family is moving doesn’t mean you have to force your children to say goodbye.
When you move into your new home, one of your first missions should be to equip your child with stamps and fun stationery to write their friends letters. If your child is old enough, you can also create a social media profile for them online to connect with their friends. Keep in mind that supplying your child with technology should be monitored until they are trusted to make safe decisions online. It’s estimated that two-thirds of parents think their child spends too much time on electronic devices, but older kids will benefit from a cell phone to text their friends whenever they want.
Find a state that works for your family
Every family is different, just like every state in the U.S. offers a unique array of features and benefits. As such, you should look at a number of key features present in each state, including:
- Cost of living
- The presence of parks
- Activities and culture
For example, Alaska is home to more than 3.2 million acres of parks. This makes it perfect for the adventurous family who loves to spend time in the outdoors. Miami or another beach town in Florida may be a good option if you love the water. Consider that the Turks and Caicos Islands are also only about an 80-minute flight from there, as well. Talk about a great vacation destination! However, if your children love to shop and visit museums, a larger city might be the perfect option for you. Just keep in mind that larger cities are often more expensive. Newton, MA has a low crime rate but the average home price in this Boston suburb costs around $1.2 million.
Wait until the summer
Moving to a new school can be hard for your children, but it’s even harder if you move your child in the middle of the school year. Not only will they be confused from the course material, but they may also struggle to make friends since other children have already established their niche during the first half of the year. Driving during the summer is also easier — but do consider that every 100 pounds added to your car’s weight costs up to 2% fuel economy.
If you have no other option, moving to a new state in the middle of the school year is possible. Make the transition easier by going on a tour of your child’s school and introducing them to their teacher.
This time is stressful and you shouldn’t take on more than you can handle. Rely on the professionals to do the heavy lifting with the help of a quality moving company. They will have the experience necessary to move large, bulky items and fragile goods that could break on the journey. This will save you money — and a headache — in the long run. And make sure your movers are good with communication, especially if you’re one of the 75% of customers who wants to be called back instead of waiting on hold.
In fact, 95% of respondents in a survey of more than 2,000 consumers claimed that they expected their furniture to last for many years. Ensure you can enjoy your furniture for years to come by relying on the professionals.
Mix old routines with new ones
A new home will teem with new opportunities. As your children begin to adjust to this new way of living, they will crave some aspect of stability, whether they admit it or not. Stick to your old routine to offer this sense of consistency. This includes weekly chores, but it also means engaging in your weekly game night or a family trip to the park.
Along with your old routines, establishing new habits can also make a new place seem like home. Don’t be afraid to install new shelves and picture frames with trusty tools. Just be sure to avoid carbon steel tools from before the 1990s since these can rust over time.
Moving to a new state doesn’t have to be a bad experience. With these handy tips, you can help your children adapt to new changes with ease