8 Tips for Moving to Little Rock with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It's very exhilarating to have a new location to live. Especially when the move is better than your current residence. But children may not view things the same as you, especially if they have close buddies and/or family where they live currently. The idea of moving to a new school and away from established relationships can cause a bunch of anxiety in children. While it can be rough for children to move away from everyday people, places, and things, there are things you should do to ease the transition to Little Rock. Honest Communication Make sure they are aware each stage down the way. Children should feel secure to express their fears as well as being able to ask questions so be prepared to provide information and answer any questions they might have. While some of their views and concerns may be negative, be prepared with compassion and positive answers. Make sure to not discount their fears but, instead, acknowledge their concerns and explain ways that you can work together to reduce them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Little Rock When viable, let them visit the new neighborhood and even to the new house. Let them get acquainted to where they will be moving to. If it is not a possibility to take them to tour the new home and neighborhood, 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 beneficial aspects of the move (bigger rooms, huge yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be a possibility to do this physically, but the vast majority of education institutions in America are on the internet. Visit the local school board's website and you'll likely find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the wide selections of school organizations and activities that they can participate in. School may be a big origin of stress for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is crucial that they are feeling comfortable before their first day at a new school. If you're in a position to take them on a physical tour of the new school, be sure to introduce them to important people like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are lots of age-appropriate methods that children might be brought into the chore of packing up. Let them assist you box up their personal things in moving boxes and have them label the boxes of their stuff. (A bonus is they can sort through their stuff and give away or throw out items that they no longer want.) Stick with Routines Moving to Little Rock might be a stressful and tiring time for parents but do not allow this to deter you from keeping the same familiar routines the kids are accustomed to. Children need to have predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those occasions when it is even more necessary. Since they are already enduring a period of change by moving to a different place, it's very vital to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need structure and familiarity so it's a good idea that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By making their new bedrooms first priority, you establish them as valued parts of a new life. Including them in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel loved 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 meet new friends and get to know the layout of the new area so they do not feel quite so disoriented. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it's helpful to do everything you can think of to make sure you do not get stressed out, yourself. By employing a professional moving company to aid you in your household move, you nix some of the stress from your back so you can focus more on the important stuff. The ultimate goal when moving with children is to make sure they are feeling safe and secure. If you seize every opportunity 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'll be much happier embracing your new home in Little Rock.