8 Tips for Moving to Little Rock with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It is super exhilarating to have a new location to live. Particularly if the move is an upgrade from your current situation. But kids may not view things the same as you, particularly if they have close friends and/or family where they live now. The concept of moving to a new school and away from current relationships can create a lot of anxiety in children. While it can be rough for kids to move away from everyday people, places, and things, there are things you need to do to aid the transition to Little Rock. Honest Communication Be sure they know what is going on each stage 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 some of their thoughts and worries may not be positive, be there for them with understanding and positive answers. Be careful to not brush off their concerns 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 possible, 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 take them to tour the new residence and area, take pictures or videos so they will have an inkling of what the new abode will look like. Be 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 practicle to do this on site, but nearly all schools in America have a web presence. 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 will be able to participate in. School can be a big cause of stress for children and also one of the largest parts of their lives, so it is crucial that they are prepared before their first day at a new school. If you are able to take them on a physical tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to important people like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are plenty of age-appropriate ways that children might be brought into the task of packing up. Allow them to assist you pack up their personal things in moving boxes and allow them to label the boxes of their items. (An added benefit is they can pick through their stuff and give away or discard things that they no longer use.) Stick with Routines Moving to Little Rock may be a stressful and exhaustive occasion for parents but don't allow this to deter you from maintaining the same well-known 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 are already going through a period of uncertainty by moving to a new place, it's even more crucial to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need organization and familiarity so it is 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 important 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 Assist your children in getting to know the new lay of the land, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to make new friends and learn 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 be 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 happy 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.