For adults, an international move might be an exciting prospect, but it might be quite the reverse for your kids. They are leaving everything they have ever known behind and moving to somewhere completely new. It’s more than just moving to a new city or state – they’re heading into the unknown. You can do several things to help prepare your kids for the move and ensure that they are as ready as possible.
Research and Learn
One of the best ways to get your kids excited about the prospect of moving to a new country is to research and learn about your soon-to-be home. The Internet is an ideal solution. Pay a quick visit to the country’s official website and tourism page to get the highlights. Dig into the country’s history, culture and customs. Learn about food and music. The more your kids learn now, the more they can begin to appreciate the move and even look forward to it.
If you’ll be moving to a country where English isn’t the official language, you can help prepare your kids by giving them language lessons. By learning something of the local lingo they’ll be able to better get along in school, be more comfortable during outings in your new home and more. Of course, it’s not a bad idea for you to take those lessons as well and doing it as a family can add a completely new dimension to the move.
Talk It Out
As a parent, it’s your responsibility to be there when your kids need you, and they’ll certainly need you now. Listen to their worries and fears. Be comforting, but do not make promises that you cannot keep. It can also help to share your own worries with your child. You don’t have to be a fearless, unmovable rock – you can and should be human. It can help your child to deal with his or her own worries if they realize that you have your own concerns.
Plan to Stay Connected
Make it plain to your children that they’re not completely severing ties with everyone they know in the United States. Plan to stay connected. From tablet computers to smartphones to video conferencing software like Skype, it’s easier than ever to communicate across national borders.
The sooner you begin preparing your child for the move, the more time they have to become accustomed to the idea and even to get excited about it.