8 Tips for Moving to Denver with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It's very fun to have a new location to live. Especially when the move is better than your current home. But kids may not see things the same way, especially if they have close chums and/or family where they live now. The thought of moving to a different school and away from current relationships can create a lot of anxiety in children. While it may be rough for kids to move away from familiar faces, places, and things, there are things you should do to aid the transition to Denver. Honest Communication Make sure they know what is going on each point down the process. Children need to feel safe to express their concerns as well as being able to ask questions so be able to supply information and answer any questions they could have. While some of their thoughts and worries could be negative, be there for them with compassion and positive answers. Take care not to discount their fears but, rather, recognize their concerns and explain solutions that you can work together to reduce them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Denver If viable, let them visit the new area and even to the new residence. Let them get familiarized with where they'll be moving to. If it is not a possibility to take them to tour the new residence and locale, take pictures or videos so they'll have an impression of what the new place will be like. Make sure to point out all of the good elements of the move (larger rooms, huge yard, etc.). Take them for a Tour of the School It may not be practicle to do a school visit physically, but most schools in America are on the internet. Visit the local school board's website and you will likely find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Explain to them the wide selections of school organizations and activities that they might participate in. School is a big origin of stress for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is important that they are prepared before they begin a new school. If you are in a position to take them on an actual tour of the new school, be sure to introduce them to administrators like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are plenty of age-appropriate methods that children could be included in the job of packing up. Have them help you pack up their personal possessions in moving boxes and have them label the boxes of their things. (A perk is they can pick through their stuff and give away or trash things that they no longer need.) Stick with Routines Moving to Denver can be a frantic and exhaustive occasion for parents but do not allow this to deter you from maintaining the same recognizable routines the kids are used to. Children need to have consistency to feel secure and moving time is one of those occasions when it's very necessary. Since they are already experiencing a time of uncertainty by moving to a new place, it's very crucial to keep as many things familiar as you can. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need structure and familiarity so it's a good idea that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By getting their new bedrooms furnished and decorated first, you establish them as cherished parts of a new life. Keeping them involved in the process fortifies this need and helps them to feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Assist your children in getting to know the new area, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and learn the layout of the new area so they don't feel quite so disoriented. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it's valuable to employ everything you can think of to make sure you do not get stressed out, yourself. By employing a professional moving company to assist you in your household move, you get rid of a lot 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 positive side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel cherished are higher and they'll be much happier embracing your new residence in Denver.