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A change of house or city, Regardless of the circumstances, it always involves a lot of work and some headaches for families. We are not always prepared for changes. And if it is a hardship for adults, the move can be stressful for children. It can represent a problem for the little ones if they are not prepared, in advance, for the new reality.
Like everything, the reaction of a child to a change of house it will depend a lot on how old you are. Until 2 or 3 years of age, your reaction requires no worries. At these ages, children tend to adapt perfectly to changes. They will feel it, of course, if they notice that their parents are concerned or concerned. Children feel everything and absorb even the concerns of their parents. Children are greatly affected by the attitudes and moods of their parents.
In the case of a change of house, Children will need their parents to convey a message of reassurance and security. Explaining to a young child about a house move can become a lot of fun. Use a story, or simulate a story of families that change houses using clay, drawings, toys, or whatever happens to you. Fun and information will be assured.
In the case of older children, from 3 years of age, some psychologists advise that parents follow some steps:
1- It must be explained clearly to the child, and in a positive way, why the move. And in the event that the child asks you questions, do not leave him without answers.
2- It is advisable that you familiarize the child, in the best possible way, with the new house and its surroundings. Show him photographs, maps, etc. Also, if possible, take your child to visit the new house, before the move.
3- Explain to the child about the advantages that he will have when moving house. Tell him that he will make new friends, that he will have a new room,…, and focus only on the benefits that the move will bring.
4- Children like novelties. Describe the place where the new house or flat is located. Encourage him by saying that he will have parks, a lot of green, more space for games, that he will be closer to the school, and whatever happens to you, from when it is true.
5- Get ahead of the worries that your child may have. Tell him, for example, that he will not lose his lifelong friends. That they will continue to meet as long as the parents can.
6- When the move has been made, Encourage the child to explore the premises. To discover secret corners, in addition to asking for their help to decorate his new room, and determine places for his toys.
7- The best time for a house move is in the period of school holidays, and some long holidays. If you see that your son has conditions to collaborate, include him in the works of the move. But if you see that your child is still not interested in it or that he does not care, allow him to stay during the days of the move, in the house of a relative, or a trusted friend. This will keep you away from all the stress of moving.
8- Invite your child to separate the toys that he wants to take to the new house, and put them in a box. If the child can write, ask him to put identification on the box.
9- Avoid that the change of house does not coincide with other changes in the child's life. For example, with changes from crib to bed, with the removal of diapers, much less with a couple separation. Every change in its time.
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