1. Open a line of honest communication. Try to keep the conversation positive by telling them about all the fun things they’ll be able to do in their new home, but acknowledge that they’ll feel some sadness about leaving their old one.
2. Help them say goodbye. Organize a going-away party for your children and their friends, and work to gather contact information so they can keep in touch after the move.
3. Take inventory. Take a minute with each child to go through toys and clothes to see what can be donated. By letting them help, you can eliminate any angst that might come if they realize something they wanted was left behind.
4. Pack a first –day box. Have each child pack a box of things that they will want the first day you move into your new home, like favorite toys, books or stuffed animals. Have the movers’ pack these boxes last so they are the first thing that is unloaded when you arrive.
5. Help them feel at home. Showing your children new parks and other attractions in your new community will help them feel excited about their new home. Plan ahead to have your children registered in the local schools and communicate with the teachers to see if there is anything special that you can do to help your children feel more comfortable at school.
By researching and planning ahead this can be a fairly easy transition for your children.