Divorce is tough on children no matter the circumstances, but it’s especially hard when moving homes. While any move can be stressful for kids, doing so after divorce only compounds the sadness and confusion that naturally result. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ease the transition for your child, as explained by HealthyChildren.org.
Talk about where you’re moving
Kids often fear the unknown, particularly when it comes to something like changing schools or living in a new community. You can assuage some of these fears by providing information to your child on where you’re moving to. Let them know about activities in your new community, focusing on those interests that your child enjoys most. Also provide details on your new home. If possible, pay a visit before you move so your child can get a feel for the place.
Be prepared for a range of feelings
It’s natural that your child will feel some sadness about leaving friends and beloved teachers behind. However, your child may also express a range of emotions, including excitement, anger, or even fear of what lies ahead. In this case, allow your child to express his or her full range of emotions. Offer reassurance that the move is sure to be a good one, and that your child will be able to establish the same friendships he or she had previously.
Keep in touch with old friends
One of the best things about modern technology is that it makes it easy to stay in touch with old friends and acquaintances. Use things like social media and video calls to allow your child to keep the bond with old friends. Not only can this make the transition to a new home much less stressful, it will also allow your child to enjoy a healthy network of friends.