8 Tips for Moving to Atlanta with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It's very fun to have a new place to live. Particularly if the move is an upgrade from your current situation. But children may not look at things in the same light, particularly if they have close friends and/or family where they live now. The concept of moving to a new school and away from current relationships can create a great deal of angst in children. While it can be difficult for children to move away from familiar people, places, and things, there are things you need to do to aid the transition to Atlanta. Honest Communication Be sure they are aware each point down the path. Children should feel free to express their fears as well as being able to ask questions so be able to offer info and answer any questions they may have. While a number of their thoughts and worries may not be positive, be there for them with compassion and positive answers. Take care not to invalidate their fears but, instead, recognize their concerns and find solutions that you can work together to defeat them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Atlanta If possible, take them to the new area and even to the new residence. Let them get acquainted to where they'll be moving to. If it is not achievable to visit the new home and area, take pictures or videos so they'll have an inkling of what the new place will look like. Be positive to mention all of the positive aspects of the move (larger rooms, huge yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be practicle to do this physically, but nearly all schools in America are on the internet. Go to the local school board's website and you will likely find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the different school clubs and activities that they might participate in. School may be a giant cause of stress for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is crucial that they are ready prior to starting a new school. If you're able to take them on an actual tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to important people like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are lots of age-appropriate methods that kids might be brought into the task of packing up. Let them help you pack up their personal possessions in moving boxes and allow them to label the boxes of their items. (An added benefit is they can go through their stuff and give away or throw out things that they no longer need.) Stick with Routines Moving to Atlanta might be a stressful and exhaustive time for parents but don't let this deter you from keeping the same recognizable routines the kids are used to. Children require predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those times when it's even more necessary. Since they're already going through a time of unpredictability by moving to a new place, it is very crucial to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need organization and familiarity so it is imperative that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By making their new bedrooms first priority, you establish them as cherished parts of a new life. Involving them in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Help your children in getting to know the new area, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to make new friends and get to know the layout of the new area so they do not feel quite so lost. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it is a good idea to utilize everything you can think of to ensure you do not feel stressed out, yourself. By arranging for a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you get rid of some of the stress from your back so you can concentrate more on the important stuff. The ultimate goal when moving with kids is to ensure they feel 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 higher and they will be much happier embracing your new home in Atlanta.