Kids on the Move
Keeping kids involved, but helping them to change with a move is a tricky balancing act. Darlene’s Team has helped hundreds of families move, and we’ve collected valuable information that we’d like to pass on to you. Use the information below to make your family’s move as stress-free as possible or call me at 505-920-8001.
- Young children need to know exactly what’s going on, no matter how young they are. Talk to them about the move, let them see you excited about it.
- If possible, take photos of their new school and neighborhood to show them. Make a treasure hunt game for them for when they arrive in the new house: Where’s the back door? The apple tree? Like putting butter on a cat’s paws to slow them down, momentary distraction can overcome a child’s fear or anxiety in a new place.
- Find out what your children like or dislike about your current home, and ask them what features their dream home would include. Discuss their new room and ask how they would decorate it.
- Ask our Relocation Department to provide you with contact lists of organizations which offer activities for children, and information about schools and activities.
- Find out if the home you intend to buy is kid friendly. Your broker can help you find out if there are other children in your future neighborhood, or drive through your new neighborhood after schools and see if there are children out and about.
- If possible, visit your child’s new school with them prior to the move so they will know in advance what to expect.
- Teens have different needs when moving to a new place. Their feelings can range from excitement about a new adventure to devastation about leaving friends. How does your young adult handle new situations in general? Follow your instincts and past patterns to make decisions about handling their stress/exuberance.
- There are many beautiful hiking trails in the mountains around Santa Fe and you and your children will enjoy the pristine walks with excitement.