*Note: It’s not a real clinical disorder
Older children will have more mature mental capacity and will be able to understand your reasons for the relocation better. However, this is not to say that they will not need any special attention and care from you, their parents, to help them with the transition. Our Vancouver movers wanted to provide you with some suggestions on how to help your school-age children/teenagers deal with the big move:
Tips for Getting Older Children and Teens Excited about the Move: Part III
- Move in the summer to avoid disrupting the school year. Or, if you are unable to move during the hot season, try moving mid-year as it may open up more opportunities for your children to make friends.
- Transfer school records as soon as possible to make the switch easier for both your children and the schools. Gather transcripts, report cards, medical records, and birth certificates and have them ready.
- After moving, prioritize your children’s room before turning your attention to the rest of the house. Try to maintain your regular meal and bedtime schedules to give them a sense of familiarity.
- You may face some rebellions from your children at this age. It is likely that they have already invested considerable energy to building their own social groups, and the move may cause them to miss out on important events such as games and proms. Therefore, you need to make sure that their concerns are heard and that they are still respected.
- Emphasize to them the pros behind the move. Again, make sure to hear their concerns and inputs.
- After the move, consider planning visits back to the old neighbourhood if possible. If you trust your children enough, allow them to return for major events.
- If you are moving midway through a school year, consider letting an older teen stay with a friend or a relative to ease the school burden of having to transfer suddenly.
After the move, if you’re still concerned about your child’s transition, we suggest you shower them with extra love and attention. Who knows? Your family might grow closer as a result of this challenge! For physical help on moving to another location in Vancouver, please refer to our services page.