Moving with Children

Moving to a new community and school may produce stress and anxiety for your child. Moving away from friends, familiar surrounding and being introduced to a new school can be difficult. The cause of stress can vary according to the age of the children. Younger children who are in the process of exploring their independence from their parents and are adjusting to new peer groups may find themselves returning to a dependent relationship with their parents. Older children have more difficulty leaving close friends and peers and may repeatedly protest the move. Some ask to move in with friends in their hometown to complete the school year.

Signs of depression or distress should be monitored. If deemed necessary, consult with your family physician or pediatrician. They may be able to assist or provide referrals for physicians in your new location.

Some of the following steps may be taken to make the relocation easier for your children.