A relocation to another country represents a challenging step for the whole family, and especially for your children. Leaving home, leaving town, leaving friends, leaving marks for the unknown may be really scary for the kids that don’t control anything but feel like they’re undergoing this change.
making them participate to the preparations of the move
You can ask them their opinion about things that directly concern them, like how to fit out their room, which wallpaper choose, where to put the bed, what decoration they want…
Making them participate to the packing and to the details of the move will also make the experiment more exciting for the children.
practicing a sport or an activity
If they were practicing a sport or an activity in your last place, assure them that they can continue in the new place, it can help making friends.
Get help from the other adults in your children’s lives
Don’t hesitate to get help from the other adults in your children’s lives: the school teacher, the daycare educator, and even the grand-parents can help you prepare your children to the change and make them accept it.
Visit the new city
Take kids to visit the new city in advance if you can. If that is not possible, bring pictures and videos of the new city, school, neighborhood, and of the new home.
Join in discovering the new location. Spend time walking the neighborhood with your kids. Accompany them to their first day at school. Early on, take them on tours of the area so they get a sense for their new geography. Studies show that even adults adjust far better to a new location if they quickly develop a strong sense for how to navigate to important landmarks - the grocery store, the children's museum, the city park.
Try To Stay Relax
Moreover, you are certainly really stressed because of the relocation, and you can be sure that your kids feel it. Try to show as relax as you can, to be an example for them. When you arrive, meet the neighbours, and invite them to dinner, especially if they have children the same age than yours.