8 Tips for Moving to Wichita Falls with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It's incredibly exhilarating to have a new location to live. Especially if the move is better than your current situation. But children may not see things the same as you, especially if they have close pals and/or family where they live already. The concept of moving to a different school and away from established relationships can create a great deal of angst in children. While it could be tough for kiddos to move away from everyday folks, places, and things, there are things you should do to help with the transition to Wichita Falls. Honest Communication Make sure they are aware each point along the way. Children must feel safe to express their jitters as well as asking questions so be able to provide facts and answer any questions they might have. While a number of their thoughts and worries could be negative, be ready with compassion and optimistic answers. Take care not to discount their fears but, instead, recognize their concerns and provide solutions that you can work together to defeat them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Wichita Falls If feasible, take them to the new community and even to the new home. Let them get familiarized with where they'll be moving to. If it is not achievable to take them to tour the new residence and neighborhood, take pictures or videos so they will have an impression of what the new abode will look like. Be positive to point out all of the positive aspects of the move (larger rooms, gigantic yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be practicle to do a school tour physically, but the vast majority of schools in America have a website. Look up the local school board's website and you will likely find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the various school clubs and activities that they will be able to participate in. School may be a huge cause of stress for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is important that they are ready prior to starting a new school. If you're capable of taking them on a physical tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to administrators like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are a lot of age-appropriate ways that kids can be included in the chore of packing up. Let them assist you box up their personal things in moving boxes and allow them to label the boxes of their stuff. (An added benefit is they can go through their belongings and give away or discard things that they no longer use.) Stick with Routines Moving to Wichita Falls can be a stressful and exhaustive occasion for parents but don't allow this to deter you from staying with the same familiar schedules the kids are used to. Children need predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those moments when it is very necessary. Since they are already going through a period of unpredictability by moving to a new place, it's very vital to keep as many things familiar as you can. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need structure and familiarity so it's important that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By getting their new bedrooms furnished and decorated first, you let them know that they are valued parts of a new life. Including them in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Assist your children in getting to know the new lay of the land, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and learn the layout of the new area so they do not feel quite so lost. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That is why it's beneficial to do everything you can think of to make sure you do not feel stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to assist you in your residential move, you remove some of the stress from your back so you can focus more on the vital stuff. The ultimate goal when moving with children is to be sure they are feeling safe and secure. If you take every opportunity to help them see the positive side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel cherished are higher and they'll be much happier embracing your new house in Wichita Falls.