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Moving cross town or cross country, help your kids deal with it (Beaverton Oregon Relocation)

One of the biggest concerns for kids when it comes to relocating across town or cross country is that they will have to make new friends and will never be able to talk to their current friends again.

One thing to consider to help your kids before you move is to enroll them in Boy Scouts / Girls Scouts before you move, and while visiting the new city or area, take them to the new troop so they can start to make friends before the move. That will help with their anxiety of the move if they have already started to make friends prior to it. (Yes, you can do this even when moving cross country...Just call the new school and set it up when you come to see the new home before the close on your house.)

Another thing to consider is making sure they realize they won't have to lose their friends they have now. If you are just moving across town, I suggest set up a slumber party sometime within a month of moving in and set it up before you actually move, so your kids know that it is coming and can get excited about it!

Another way to help kids be less worried about the move, and possibly get them excited, is set them up with an e-mail address and instant messaging so they can keep in contact with their old friends. If you don't have a computer, I suggest you buy 100 envelopes, 200 pieces of notebook paper and 100 stamps as a gift for the kids, so they can write their old friends.

Change is very hard for kids and if you can make it easy for them, they will be more willing to want to do it, especially if they realize that they will still have their old friends and now will even have new ones!

One last idea is get them a 250 minute long distance phone card so they can call their friends for 20 minutes a week and talk about the new home and their new friends. I hope these help give you some ideas of how to help your kids during a move. If you are looking to move to Oregon, feel free to give me a call and maybe I can give you a few more ideas and help you in your move to a great area like Beaverton, Oregon!


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Comment balloon 6 commentsRespect Realty LLC • March 23 2008 11:33PM


Good points for those with elementary and middle school kids.  And what a cute pic!
Posted by Marlene Scheffer, Realtor to Kitsap County, WA (Realty Station) almost 11 years ago
Todd - This is a great and thoughtful post.  I hope it brings you tons of business, my friend.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 11 years ago
Todd-  I moved my kids when they were 12 and 9.  We moved about 40 miles from our old house.  I did have some of their old friends come over on the weekend with sleepovers.  It helped them get outside and meet some of their new friends.  I also let them pack their rooms and this way they knew all of their stuff was going with us.  My inlaws lived in the same town where we currently live, so my mother-in-law had a couple of the children from our new neighborhood come over for a pool party.  These ideas really do help!  Thanks for sharing them. 
Posted by Laura Karambelas, Realtor - Downers Grove (Baird & Warner Downers Grove) almost 11 years ago

Good stuff. It is a lot harder on kids than we sometimes think! I like the card idea!

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Marlene - I had that part of a stock photo program I bought in 1993.

Jason - I think people need to understand what is involved when moving with kids.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Laura - I'm glad they worked for you, kids like stability and if they think they are losing it, it can really screw a child up for a little while.

Charles - It is very hard on kids, they need to be involved and have some connection.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

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