8 Tips for Moving to Colorado Springs with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It is very fun to have a new place to live. Particularly if the move is better than your current home. But kids may not view things in the same light, especially if they have close friends and/or family where they live currently. The idea of moving to a different school and away from current relationships can cause a lot of apprehension in children. While it can be tough for children to move away from the usual faces, places, and things, there are things you should do to aid the transition to Colorado Springs. Honest Communication Make sure they know what is going on each stage down the path. Children should feel safe to express their fears as well as being able to ask questions so be ready to provide facts and answer any questions they may have. While a number of their views and concerns could be negative, be prepared with compassion and optimistic answers. Take care not to discount their worries but, rather, recognize their concerns and find ways that you can work together to reduce them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Colorado Springs When viable, take them to the new neighborhood and even to the new residence. Let them get acquainted to where they will be moving to. If it's not a possibility to go to the new home and neighborhood, take pictures or videos so they'll have some idea of what the new place will look like. Be sure to mention all of the positive features of the move (bigger rooms, huge yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be a possibility to do a school tour on site, but nearly all education institutions in America are on the internet. Visit the local school board's website and you'll usually find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Explain to them the different school organizations and activities that they might participate in. School can be a huge cause of worry for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is crucial that they are prepared before their first day at a new school. If you are capable of taking them on a physical tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to administrators like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are lots of age-appropriate ways that children might be brought into the chore of packing up. Allow them to help you box up their personal possessions in moving boxes and allow them to label the boxes of their stuff. (A perk is they can pick through their stuff and donate or trash items that they no longer want.) Stick with Routines Moving to Colorado Springs can be a crazy and exhaustive time for parents but do not allow this to deter you from sticking with the same familiar schedules the kids are accustomed to. Children require predictability to feel safe and moving time is one of those occasions when it's very necessary. Since they are already experiencing a time of change by moving to an unfamiliar place, it is very crucial to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need structure 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 let them know that they are cherished parts of a new life. Involving them in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel loved and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Guide your children in getting familiar with the new neighborhood, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and grasp the layout of the new area so they don't feel quite so lost. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it is a good idea to employ everything you possibly can to be sure you don't feel stressed out, yourself. By arranging for a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you nix lots of the stress from your back so you can concentrate more on the crucial stuff. The most important thing when moving with kids is to ensure they are feeling safe and secure. If you seize every chance to help them see the good side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel cherished are higher and they will be much happier embracing your new residence in Colorado Springs.