The North Fulton area of Atlanta is especially transient with families moving in and out constantly. The most questions I receive as a blogger are moving related as more families move to the area. We have lived in our house in Alpharetta for 12 years and the house next to us has switched owners 4 times in that time-frame. With so many attractions and business opportunities, it is understandable that families seek out North Fulton. Moving a family is a big undertaking and a major consideration is how your children will handle the move and how to best prepare them emotionally.
When we moved to Alpharetta from Brookhaven, we had a two year old at the time who luckily because of his age couldnt get too caught up emotionally. I think he slept more! Had we moved when James was 8 or 12 even, his world would have been much more affected and I am sure he would not have wanted to move away from friends, school or environment.
No matter what the reason may be for your family’s decision to move, there are ways to prepare and involve your children to make a smooth transition to a new home:
Keeping the kids informed of major decisions and why they are made is crucial. If children understand a move is necessary, then that will affect their approach to the decision.
Staying positive is important as kids feed off our moods and know when we are unhappy with something. If we talk about the new house as if we are really looking forward to it, chances are they will too.
Involving the kids at all stages can help them feel more comfortable as well. Ask them what they would love to have in their new home ~ maybe its something different with their room, a finished basement or flat yard to play outside. If possible, have them go house hunting with you and to look at possible schools. Search online for activities and things to do in the community that would interest them. The more they know about where the house and community they are moving to, will help ease any fears of the unknown. Having something different to look forward to can also help the mind process they need to go through.
The children can help pack and unpack to keep everyone involved as a family. The kids can help decide which toys they really need to keep and those that can be given to charity or a friend.
If you or someone you know may be moving with a family, consider the above suggestions to assist in the moving process. AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the February 2017 issue. All opinions are my own.