explain, explain, explain
Moving can bring up many different emotions with children including powerlessness, confusion, anxiety, excitement, etc. In order to lessen the impact of those feelings it is important to give your kids as much information as possible as soon as possible.
If you haven't already told them, set aside a time to break the news to your kids. Explain everything in detail including why, where, when and what to expect during all aspects of the move.
Be honest with them and ensure that they know that they can always ask questions and voice their concerns. Remain positive, even if you are being asked the same questions over and over again. As you know, kids often ask a lot of questions when looking for reassurance.
set the tone
Kids are very sensitive to how us as adults are feeling - especially their parents. Although it may be hard, try to maintain a positive attitude about the move. Don't sugar coat it, but focus on all of the benefits of this new adventure and their new home. More times than not, when you are positive your child will be as well.
Children thrive on routine - we all know that. Routine is familiar and consistent and provides structure for your little ones. When taken out of routine children have more time to think about the upcoming move. Try to keep to your usual routine as much as possible in order to avoid unwanted stress.
choose a school
The schools within your the boundary of your new home are:
Palgrave Public School(JK - 8)
Humberview Secondary School(9-12)*
James Bolton Public School(1 - 5)*
Allan Drive Middle School(6 - 8)*Â
St. Cornelius Catholic School(JK - 8)
* denotes French Immersion or Extended French programs.
It is important that you verify these boundaries with the school board itself, as we cannot be responsible for incorrect school information. However by clicking on the schools above you can find contact and registration information.
Once you have determined which school your child will be attending, talk to them about it. Go see it and point out all of the awesome things about it. Build it up and make it exciting.
collect contact information
Give your child their own address book and let them collect the contact information of their friends and family. It is important that children feel as though they can stay connected to their old friends.
Giving your kids a job is a great way to complete tasks and give your kids a sense of purpose during the move. Come up with a few ideas of tasks they can help you complete and then offer them a choice of two or three of them. By keeping your child engaged and included it will help them to feel less powerless and more in control.
Here are some different age-appropriate ideas for moving tasks:
- Small cleaning tasks such as wiping down counters or doors
- Taking charge of younger siblings
- Making a detailed plan for new room or living space
- Decorating the outside of their box
- Last minute cleaning
- Bring water to the movers
Children have a hard time with saying goodbye. It may seem pointless to you, but consider throwing a goodbye party so that they can say goodbye to all of their favourite things.
after the move
You and your kids have been through a lot, it's time to have some fun. Take a break from unpacking and go out and explore the new town. Pick a new favourite restaurant, visit the new parks, take a trip to the library, etc.