Helping your kids transition

 

While moving alone can be a challenge, moving with kids may even be harder. Some children don’t like moving, as they will leave their school and friends behind— they will miss the familiarity and comfort of the place that they were accustomed to. It can be difficult not only for your children, but for yourself too. While you may not have any problems with the transition process, your children may struggle to acclimate in the new country, so it’s worth finding ways in helping them adjust. Below are some strategies that you can use in preparing your kids for the big move.

Buy children’s books about the new country

Help your children know more about the new country by reading books. You can even read together with your kids— this is a way in encouraging them about the new place. All the information about a country or place can be found in a book— tourist spots, history and culture—it’s a great way in exciting your kids! This can also help the children prepare themselves in advance about the different customs and cultures abroad— a way in dealing with culture shock.

Allow them to bring their most favourite things

Bringing their favourite toys can be reassuring to kids— it will give them comfort while traveling and adjusting in the new country. Knowing that they are able to bring a little piece of home with them can soothe their worries.

Let them get used to wearing their new school uniform

Each school uniform is designed differently in every school, and if it’s your children’s first time in changing schools, they may face some apprehension at this new change. Once you’ve moved abroad and have enrolled your children in the new school, let them try out their new uniform. Encourage them and tell them how nice they look—who knows, this may help them get excited at the prospect of going to a new school!

Cook the local cuisine with your children

Food can tell you so much about a country— from the way it is prepared to the ingredients used. Cooking some foreign dishes with your children not only gives the both of you a bonding experience, but it will also help them learn another aspect of the culture that they will soon be a part of.