Preparing Your Child to Move Away from Their Friends

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Moving home leads to a change from end to end in all aspects of our children's lives - home, friends, school, and more. But beyond the adjustment difficulties that arise, change is also an opportunity for a new beginning, for growth and for the improvement of social skills. All of these - if the transition is managed properly by the parents.

Different types of children and their struggles with moving

Ironically, in some ways, moving home can end up being very difficult for children with good social skills. The more close friendships your child has, the harder the move will be on then. In such a situation, helping your child prepare to say goodbye should be one of your top priorities. Proper preparation makes all the difference to how well your child can cope.

Moving house becomes more complex when a family decides to move due to a bad environment for their child. These situations arise when, for example, children are victims of bullying or harassment, or are bullying other children. This can cause social difficulties that can last for a long time, making it hard for them to fit in after moving. The decision to move because of a toxic school environment is perfectly valid. However, it must be done in conjunction with other things; Not addressing the issue in a holistic manner can lead to stunted social development in some areas, making it much harder for the child long term.

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When to move and how to have the conversation

Be sure to think about when the best time will be for the move. Usually, this will be the end of the school year. It is much easier to move to a new school before the school year starts than to move in the middle of the year. As classes change every year, the beginning of the new school year is vital when trying to fit in.

Be careful about the timing and how you tell your children about the move. The younger the child, the better it is to wait until closer to the move. Young children don't have a very good perception of time, and talking about a big change can cause stress and anxiety. It is important to explain what the move means for them; This should be done without exaggerating or going into too much detail. For example: "Naomi, this week we are moving into a new house. You will be with Grandma for a day, and after that, you will have a new room with more space for your toys and books." With teenagers, it is important to tell them ahead of time and let them know how you came to the decision (the pros and cons). This gives them a chance to give their perspective, showing them that you respect them. It is important to anticipate any worries or resistance they may have and prepare appropriate responses ahead of time.

Help your child say goodbye to his old friends and make new friends

It is very important not to ignore or try to downplay the importance of the move in your child's life. Allow the child, if they so desire, to hold a farewell party, possibly exchanging mementos. An issue that bothers many parents is whether to encourage their child's connection with their old friends after the move; The fear is that keeping in touch will prevent the child from meeting new friends after the move.

It is important to allow the relationships to be maintained, but this shouldn't be instead of building new relationships. Encourage the child and help them get to know children their age in the new environment

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