Moving your family can be a stressful process, particularly for children. Family members may experience anxiety when they move away from other family and friends. The logistics of packing, moving and unpacking valuable possessions can be difficult. To minimize the anxiety of a move, consider these points.
Emotional impact on kids
Children may experience fear or anxiety, due to a number of issues related to a move. This article tells the story of a family move that went badly. Here are some of the factors that may cause anxiety in children:
- Leaving friends and family: Moving away from friends and family members can be difficult. Many kids view the world through their relationships. If children move away from friends and family, they may feel anxious and afraid until they get to know new people.
- Pets: A child may feel an attachment to the family dog or cat. Bringing the pet along on the move might also cause anxiety. The child might be concerned that the pet may be injured or lost during the move. Pets are important, because they can provide some stability in the child’s mind. Having the family pet at the new home can reduce a child’s uneasiness.
- New Surroundings: Kids who move have to adjust to a new school. That means developing a new circle of friends. A child will need to learn their way around the new neighborhood. The family’s grocery store, movie theaters and sports venues will all be different. Even the climate may be a new experience. New surroundings can cause uncertainty and stress.
Packing and unpacking
Carefully planning a move can reduce the stress a family may face. Additionally, professional movers will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your furniture and other valuables won’t be damaged. Here are some points to mull over:
- Fragile items: Are you willing to wrap and box up fragile items yourself, or do your need a moving company to help? You may own artwork, furniture, china and other items that are expensive to replace. These pieces may also have sentimental value- items that you feel cannot be replaced. That may include items that are important to your children. If the items are damaged, it may be upsetting to a child. A mover can handle these fragile items.
- Unpacking: Once you get to your new home, you’ll want to arrange furniture in each child’s room. You child will probably have preferences when their room is unpacked. Heavy furniture, such as beds and cabinets, may be difficult to move in. Consider if you need the help of a moving company when you unpack furniture.
- Insurance: A mover can also provide insurance for your belongings during the move. Items may be damaged while they are loaded into a moving truck, or during shipment to your new home. Insurance can pay for the repair or replacement cost of your valuables.
Your child may experience anxiety during the family move. Planning your move with the help of a mover can make the process less stressful. Consider hiring a mover to help with packing, unpacking, moving furniture into specific locations and insuring your property.
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