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 residence. But kids may not see things the same way, especially if they have close chums and/or family where they live now. The concept of moving to a different school and away from current relationships can create a great deal of angst in children. While it may be rough for children to move away from everyday people, places, and things, there are things you need to do to help with the transition to Denver. Honest Communication Make sure they know what is going on each point down the path. Children need to feel secure 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 views and worries may not be positive, be there for them with empathy and positive answers. Take care not to brush off their fears but, rather, recognize their concerns and explain solutions that you can work together to defeat them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Denver If viable, let them visit the new community and even to the new residence. Let them get familiarized with where they'll be moving to. If it is not a possibility to visit the new house and area, 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 beneficial aspects of the move (larger rooms, big 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 usually find information about your child(ren's) new school(s). Show them the wide selections of school organizations and activities that they might participate in. School is a huge origin of stress for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is important that they are feeling comfortable 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 process 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 want.) 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 moments when it's very necessary. Since they are already experiencing a time of change by moving to a new place, it's very vital to keep as many things familiar as you can. 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 making their new bedrooms first priority, you establish them as important 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 Help 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 be sure you do not get stressed out, yourself. By hiring a professional moving company to assist you in your household move, you get rid of lots of the stress from your back so you can focus more on the crucial stuff. The end game 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 loved are higher and they'll be much happier embracing your new residence in Denver.