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Updated on May 28, 2013

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Moving can be difficult for children. However with some forethought and preparation, you can put their minds at ease and get your kids excited about moving to a new city or neighborhood.

DISCUSS THE MOVE OPENLY-The decision to move is a big one. If you have decided to move, whether across town or across the country, explain to your children why you are moving. Whether it's because of a job transfer or just because you're moving into a bigger house/better neighborhood, your kids deserve an explanation. If you explain how the move will improve your family life, it will take the focus off the negative or frightening aspects for your children. Allow them to make a list of their concerns or questions and answer them as thoroughly and honestly as you can.

INVOLVE KIDS IN THE MOVING PROCESS- If you are house-hunting, allow your kids to look at possible homes on the Internet or learn aboutnew schools. When you make your child an active participant in the move, he/she will be less likely to be resistant or worried. Once you have found a home, allow your child to find out about the neighborhood. Where will they go to the park or movies? What stores, restaurants and attractions are nearby?

GET YOUR CHILDREN EXCITED ABOUT THE MOVE- When you move, allow your children to decorate their new bedrooms. Before you move, they can pick out a paint color, draw up a floor plan to arrange the furniture, and shop for new bedding and rugs. Provide your kids with a moving kit containing information about your new city or neighborhood, pictures of your new house and other items to put them at ease about the move. Give them an address book to collect addresses and phone numbers of friends who they want to keep in touch with.

MAKE PACKING FUN- When packing up your child's toys and clothes, make sure they understand that you aren't throwing the items away. Make packing fun. Give them colorful labels and markers in order to label their boxes. Young children can stay with a babysitter on moving day, while older kids and teens can help pack the moving truck.

SET UP PLAYDATES- Once you move, set up play dates or get your children involved in extracurricular activities to help them meet new friends. Visit local restaurants, parks and attractions to help your kids get acclimated to your new community as soon as possible.

Margie Wright with EXIT Triple "E" Realty provides services for Lakeway Area TN Homes For Sale and Lakeway Area TN Real Estate For Sale to homebuyers and home sellers in Morristown, Russellville, Talbott, Jefferson City, Dandridge, Bean Station and surrounding areas.

Each EXIT office is independently owned and operated
Licensed in TN
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Kori Ellis contributed to this post.
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