8 Tips for Moving to Austin with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It's incredibly exhilarating to have a new location to live. Particularly when the move is an upgrade from your current home. But children may not look at things the same as you, particularly if they have close chums and/or family where they live now. The thought of moving to a new school and away from current relationships can create a great deal of apprehension in children. While it could be tough for kids to move away from familiar people, places, and things, there are things you should do to help with the transition to Austin. Honest Communication Be sure they know what is going on each step down the way. Children should feel secure to express their jitters as well as being able to ask questions so be ready to supply information and answer any questions they might have. While a few of their views and concerns may be negative, be there for them with compassion and positive answers. Take care not to discount their worries but, instead, acknowledge their concerns and find ways that you can work together to defeat them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Austin When feasible, let them visit the new neighborhood and even to the new house. Let them get familiarized with where they will be moving to. If it is not possible to visit the new residence and neighborhood, take pictures or videos so they will have an inkling of what the new abode will look like. Make sure to point out all of the positive features of the move (bigger rooms, big yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be possible to do a school tour on site, but nearly all education institutions in America have a web presence. Visit the local school board's website and you will most of the time find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Tell them about the wide selections of school organizations and activities that they can participate in. School can be a big source of anxiety for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is vital that they are ready before they begin a new school. If you're capable of taking them on an actual tour of the new school, be sure to introduce them to key players like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are lots of age-appropriate methods that kids might be involved in the task of packing up. Let them help you pack up their personal possessions in moving boxes and let them label the boxes of their items. (A perk is they can go through their stuff and donate or throw out items that they no longer use.) Stick with Routines Moving to Austin might be a frantic and exhaustive time for parents but do not allow this to deter you from sticking with the same well-known schedules the kids are accustomed to. Children need consistency to feel safe and moving time is one of those moments when it is even more necessary. Since they're already enduring 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's important that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By getting their new bedrooms furnished and decorated first, you establish them as valued parts of a new life. Keeping them involved in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel loved and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Assist your children in getting to know the new neighborhood, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to make new friends and grasp the layout of the new area so they do not feel quite so disoriented. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That is why it's valuable to utilize everything you possibly can to ensure you don't get stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to assist you in your household move, you get rid of some of the stress from your back so you can focus more on the vital stuff. The ultimate goal when moving with kids is to ensure they are feeling safe and secure. If you take every opportunity 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 Austin.