8 Tips for Moving to Dallas with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It is very exciting to have a new location to live. Especially if the move is an upgrade from your present situation. But children may not look at things the same as you, particularly if they have close buddies and/or family where they live already. The idea of moving to a different school and away from current relationships can create a lot of stress in children. While it may be tough for kids to move away from the usual people, places, and things, there are things you need to do to help with the transition to Dallas. Honest Communication Be sure they know about each step along the path. Children must feel free to express their concerns as well as asking questions so be able to supply information and answer any questions they may have. While some of their views and concerns could be negative, be ready with empathy and positive answers. Take care not to discount their concerns but, rather, acknowledge their concerns and provide solutions that you can work together to overcome them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Dallas When viable, let them visit the new neighborhood and even to the new home. Let them get acquainted to where they'll be moving to. If it's not possible to take them to tour the new home and area, take pictures or videos so they will have an impression of what the new place will look like. Make sure to point out all of the good aspects of the move (larger rooms, gigantic yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be a possibility to do a school visit physically, but most education institutions in America are on the internet. Visit the local school board's website and you'll likely find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the wide selections of school clubs and activities that they can participate in. School may be a huge origin of worry for children and also one of the largest parts of their lives, so it's important that they are ready before their first day at a new school. If you are able to take them on an actual 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 children could be included in the process of packing up. Allow them to help you box up their personal possessions in moving boxes and have them label the boxes of their items. (A perk is they can pick through their things and give away or trash things that they no longer want.) Stick with Routines Moving to Dallas might be a stressful and tiring occasion for parents but do not allow this to deter you from sticking with the same recognizable schedules the kids are used to. Children require consistency to feel safe and moving time is one of those times when it's absolutely necessary. Since they're already going through a time of change by moving to an unfamiliar place, it is even more important to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need organization and familiarity so it is a good idea that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By decorating their bedrooms first, you let them know that they are cherished parts of a new life. Involving them in the process fortifies this need and helps them to feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Help your children in getting familiar with the new neighborhood, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to make new friends and grasp the geometry 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 ensure you don't feel stressed out, yourself. By employing a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you get rid of lots of the stress from your back so you can concentrate more on the important stuff. The end game when moving with children is to make sure they are feeling safe and secure. If you take every moment to help them see the happy side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel important are magnified and they will be much happier embracing your new residence in Dallas.