A military relocation, or any other type of relocation for that matter, is often difficult on the children. However, there are ways to make this move less stressful - both for you and for your children! Below are several suggestions to help you make moving and relocation, easier, more convenient, and more enjoyable.
- Maintain an ongoing dialogue with your children about the move. Children often feel much less stressed about a military relocation if you keep them in the loop and inform them of any and all changes that will be taking place within the family. An ongoing conversation about the move is also a great way for your children to feel as if they can ask questions and express their concerns.
- Don’t assume that your children understand the details of the military relocation. Instead, take the time to explain everything in detail so your children won’t be confused – and therefore scared or stressed – throughout the move. This is also a great time to calm their fears and let them know that their special belongings will accompany them and that you will remain together.
- Talk to them about the new house and the neighborhood in which you will move to. Pictures and videos are a great way to show your children your new home. Often times, the process of a military relocation is much less stressful for your children if they can see where they are moving to.
- Turn your military relocation into a fun and exciting time for your children by staying in a kid-friendly hotel along the way or eating at a fun restaurant. Make the journey exciting so that your children will view the move as a positive one.
- Take the time to sign your children up for their favorite sports or activities as soon as you’re settled. Being able to resume their favorite activities will allow them to make friends and feel at home.
- Make it a priority to set up your children’s rooms as soon as you move into your new home. It will prove to be very comforting for your children if you take the time to set up their bedrooms. Paint the walls a fun color and encourage your children to use their creativity to decorate a fun bedroom.