8 Tips for Moving to Tulsa with Kids 07/13/2018 By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group It's incredibly exciting to have a new location to live. Especially if the move is an upgrade from your present situation. But kids may not see things the same as you, particularly if they have close buddies and/or family where they live already. The idea of moving to a different school and away from established relationships can cause a lot of angst in children. While it could be difficult for kids to move away from everyday folks, places, and things, there are things you need to do to ease the transition to Tulsa. Honest Communication Be sure they are aware each step down the path. Children should feel free to express their fears as well as asking questions so be prepared to provide facts and answer any questions they might have. While a few of their views and concerns may be negative, be there for them with compassion and positive answers. Be careful to not invalidate their concerns but, instead, acknowledge their concerns and find ways that you can work together to defeat them. Introduce Them to Their New Home in Tulsa When feasible, let them visit the new community and even to the new residence. Let them get acquainted to where they will be moving to. If it is not possible to go to the new home and area, take pictures or videos so they'll have an impression of what the new place will look like. Be sure to call attention to all of the positive elements 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 tour on site, but most education institutions in America have a website. Visit the local school board's website and you'll usually find links to your child(ren's) new school(s). Show them the wide selections of school clubs and activities that they can participate in. School may be a huge source of stress for children and also an impactful part of their lives, so it is crucial that they are ready before they begin a new school. If you're capable of taking them on a physical tour of the new school, be make to introduce them to administrators like the principals and guidance counselors. Involve Them in Packing There are a lot of age-appropriate methods that children can be brought into the chore of packing up. Let them assist you box up their personal things in moving boxes and allow them to label the boxes of their stuff. (A bonus is they can pick through their things and donate or throw out things that they no longer use.) Stick with Routines Moving to Tulsa can be a crazy and exhaustive time for parents but do not let this deter you from keeping the same recognizable routines the kids are used to. Children need to have predictability to feel secure and moving time is one of those times when it is very necessary. Since they're already going through a period of change by moving to a different place, it's even more vital to keep as many things familiar as possible. Decorate Their Rooms First Kids need organization and familiarity so it's important that their new rooms be as familiar to them as possible. By getting their new bedrooms furnished and decorated first, you establish them as valued parts of a new life. Keeping them involved in the process fortifies this need and makes them feel special and “at home”. Investigate the New Neighborhood Guide your children in getting to know the new area, landmarks, and neighbors. Encourage them to meet new friends and get to know the geometry of the new area so they don't feel quite so disoriented. Avoid Stress When parents stress, kids stress. That's why it is a good idea to employ everything you can think of to ensure you don't get stressed out, yourself. By employing a professional moving company to aid you in your residential move, you remove a lot of the stress from your back so you can focus more on the crucial stuff. The ultimate goal when moving with kids is to be sure they feel safe and secure. If you seize every moment to help them see the happy side of the move and get excited about it, your chances of making them feel loved are magnified and they'll be much happier embracing your new house in Tulsa.