Relocating your family can be a challenging endeavor, particularly when it involves changing schools. As adults, our primary focus tends to be on financial considerations, the stress of paperwork, and the logistics of moving. However, it’s crucial to recognize that children often place a greater emphasis on the emotional aspects of the move. For them, moving can evoke feelings of fear, sadness, and even anger. While these emotions are entirely normal, frequent relocations, or moving during specific developmental stages, can potentially lead to difficulties in school, emotional regulation, and social interactions.
For parents, this underscores the importance of thoroughly preparing children for a move. In the following sections, we will explore relevant research on this topic and offer some practical advice to minimize the impact of the relocation on your family.
Infographic provided by Move Central, a moving company San Diego