How children cope with a move is affected by their age and where they are going. Do not underestimate! Moving with kids can be a very stressful experience!
When children are older, the stress and the emotional side of the move are a priority. When you are moving with a baby, the main task is to ensure the physical comfort of the child during the relocation process.
Babies need the constant presence of a parent. Your child, no matter what age he or she is, should be prepared for the move, so it does not come as a surprise. We always advice when moving with the kids, if your child is older, speak with him/her as early as possible. They should understand the moving process.
Your role as a parent is to provide physical and emotional comfort of your children during the relocation. When you are moving with your kids, during the actual move you may face your children experiencing different emotions – excitement, anger, relief, sadness, pain. Help them to overcome the emotional barrier of the move and discuss it freely and openly. When a child feels respected and appreciated, it is easier to discuss all aspects of the move with him/her.
The initial attitude of the child towards the move is a major factor in ensuring the smooth transition. Tell the children about everything and explain why the relocation is good for the whole family, not just for the parents. If your children are young, you should keep things light and fun. A useful tip is to explain how exactly their toys and games will be moved, because they are an important part of the child’s comfort at your new residence. They will also learn how the process of relocating works. Encourage them to speak freely about their feelings and concerns and address every need of theirs.
The issues that teenagers face about moving are more complex. Teenagers are constantly seeking approval and validation. This is most often achieved through groups of friends. Changing school, leaving friends and giving up opportunities is crucial to teenagers. Although they understand the idea of the move, it is hard for them to accept it easily. Fear of the unknown will make them feel insecure. They may also experience anxiety.
I recently sold my house in Seattle, Washington and moved from the USA to Dubrovnik, Croatia. As I was already out of the country when the sale closed, my things had to be packed and moved without me physically present. I found the process confusing and overwhelming at first.
I searched for a suitable moving company for a while, price and reliability were an issue for me, as was the personal feel of the service. I called a number of companies and felt uneasy that I was putting so much in the hands of strangers who sounded so automated on the phone.
Then, I found Matrix Relocations, an international mover with an office in Croatia. After just a few words on the phone with Simona G, I knew that I had found the right match. Simona was personable from the first conversation, attentive, present and very knowledgeable about her business. It was clear she did her job with great care. She answered every phonecall and every question, changed the US packing service when we did not have a good feeling about them, and worked morning, noon or night as needed to get things orchestrated across time zones. Her ability to problemsolve and willingness to go the extra mile was always reassuring.
My items arrived on time, well packed and organized, and Simona’s team was fast, professional and meticulous. Matrix Relocations worked with me when I encountered a glitch in transfering money and made the process as easy and fun as could be.
I recommend Simona G and Matrix Relocations without hesitation and would use them again any time.
By Marija G of Dubrovnik, CroatiaRead More Testimonials