8 Tips for Moving to Little Rock with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It is incredibly exciting to have a new place to live. Particularly if the move is an upgrade from your current situation. But kids may not look at things the same as you, particularly if they have close pals and/or family where they live now. The concept of moving to a new school and away from current relationships can create a great deal of anxiety in children. While it could be rough for kids to move away from familiar faces, places, and things, there are things you should do to aid the transition to Little Rock. Honest Communication Be sure they know what is going on each point down the way. Children must feel safe to express their worries as well as asking questions so be ready to supply info and answer any questions they may have. While a few of their views and worries may not be positive, be there for them with understanding and positive answers. Take care not to discount their worries but, rather, recognize their concerns and find solutions that you can work together to reduce them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Little Rock When feasible, let them visit the new neighborhood and even to the new residence. Let them get familiarized with where they'll be moving to. If it is not possible to visit the new house and area, take pictures or videos so they will have some idea of what the new abode will look like. Make sure to call attention to all of the good features of the move (bigger rooms, huge yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be possible to do this on site, but the vast majority of schools in America have a website. Go to the local school board's website and you'll usually find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the different school clubs and activities that they can participate in. School may be a huge cause of worry for children and also one of the largest parts of their lives, so it's crucial that they are feeling comfortable before their first day at a new school. If you are in a position to take them on a physical tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to key players like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are plenty of age-appropriate ways that children could be brought into the task of packing up. Allow them to assist you pack up their personal possessions in moving boxes and allow them to label the boxes of their items. (An added benefit is they can pick through their belongings and give away or discard things that they no longer use.) Stick with Routines Moving to Little Rock might be a stressful and tiring occasion for parents but don't allow this to deter you from staying with the same recognizable routines the kids are accustomed to. Children require predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those times when it is even more necessary. Since they're already going through a period of change by moving to a new place, it's even more vital to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need organization and familiarity so it's a good idea that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By getting their new bedrooms furnished and decorated first, you let them know that they are cherished parts of a new life. Including them in the process fortifies this need and helps them to feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Help your children in getting to know the new lay of the land, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to make new friends and get to know the layout of the new area so they don't feel quite so lost. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That is why it's helpful to do everything you possibly can to make sure you do not get stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you get rid of some of the stress from your shoulders so you can focus more on the important stuff. The ultimate goal when moving with kids is to ensure they feel safe and secure. If you seize every moment to help them see the good side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel loved are higher and they will be much happier embracing your new home in Little Rock.