Moving with Kids

Help ease the transition when moving with children.
Advice, Activities, and Resources for Moving your kids.

Moving can be a frightening experience for children. Communicating openly and realistically with all family members as early as possible will help. Listed below are some ideas that can help make the transition to a new home as smooth as possible.

  • If possible, include your children in the process of selecting a new home.
  • If you are moving to a distant place, learn about the new area together, as a family.
  • Let children help decide how to decorate and arrange their new rooms.
  • Don’t try to get rid of your child’s favorite items at this time even though it may make the move simpler. Don’t throw anything away behind the child’s back.
  • Encourage your children to exchange addresses and keep in contact with their friends. If possible, make arrangements for friends to visit at your new home.
  • Show children pictures of their new home, school, or special areas of interest.
  • Ask the child’s new teacher, coach, or scout leader to give them a personal phone call.
  • Prepare a special package for each child containing favorite toys, books, clothing, and snacks to keep them occupied during moving day.
  • Take a break with the family as soon as the major unpacking is done. Don’t try to do everything immediately.
  • Parents need to be very attentive with their children after the move and listen to what they have learned about their new school and friends.
  • Carefully monitor your child’s first few weeks in a new school. Do not hesitate to visit with your child’s teacher or to accompany your child to school for the first few days.
  • Any abnormalities that linger—particularly physical ones such as loss of appetite or insomnia, should be referred to a doctor