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Services for Kids
The transition of moving creates a temporary loss of place in one's world that can be particularly uncomfortable and scary for children. It's important for parents to acknowledge the temporary emotional and physical discomforts of moving by reassuring kids that they will continue to be loved and cared for right through the changes of moving. The following suggestions can ease the transition to a new home:
- Prepare your children for the move by giving them lots of information about the reasons for moving and help them to know what they can expect at their new home.
- Invite your children to talk about their feelings with you. Listen to their feelings and reassure them that they are heard and understood.
- Avoid the role of the cockeyed optimist who insists everything will be wonderful in the new place. Even if the new home is better it may take some time for your kids to let go of their attachment to the old place.
- Try not to take it personally if your child is having trouble with the adjustment with the move and blames you for causing it.
The Keys to Successfully Relocating Children
by Beverly D. Roman
All members of a relocating family must make a smooth and happy transition for the move to be deemed successful. Literature can help ease the transition for children and teens by helping say goodbye and prepare for the new location.
As families prepare for a move, the adults often are caught up in the pandemonium of schedules, packing cleaning, and completing checklists. In addition, they also must deal with such common relocation challenges as dual-creeer issues, elder care responsibilities, and finding reliable support networks if they are single parents. These concerns make it increasingly difficult for parents to find time to nurture children through their moving concerns.
One-fourth of those who move each year are children. These children are thrust into a situation not of their choosing, one where they reluctantly have to adjust not only to new schools and new friends, but sometimes to a new family structure as well.
One of the most effective ways to help children is by listening to them and finding practical methods for them to work through their relocation concerns. One method that is particularly beneficial is to give children books that allow them to identify with the characters and situations. It has been documened that there is no substitute for reading to, or along with, a child, as it promotes discussion and understanding. Children discovered that moving can be a positive event and that many other children experience similar transitions. Children said that understanding these aspects made them feel less lonely.
Memphis Area Websites for Kids
Brooks Museum of Art www.brooksmuseum.org
Come see the various paintings, sculptures and more. The Brooks Museum has art classes, activities and more.
Children's Museum of Memphis http://www.cmom.com/
The Children's Museum of Memphis is a private, non-profit organization providing unique learning opportunities for children.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens www.dixon.orgMemphis Botanic Garden www.mempisbotanicgarden.com Learn about the beautiful plants, flowers and wildlife that fill the garden. You can also take a variety of classes that are as fun as they are educational.Memphis Fire Museum for Kids www.firemuseum.com The Memphis Fire Museum has special things just for kids.
The beauty of nature and art come together at the Dixon for children and adults to enjoy together.
Memphis Museums www.memphismuseums.org
Memphis' Pink Palace Family of Museums offers fun and educational experiences at a number of facilities, including the IMAX Theatre, Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center and more.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra www.msokids.com
Learn more about the symphony on this site designed especially for kids.
Memphis Zoo www.memphiszoo.org
Kids of all ages love the animals, events and other attractions at the Memphis Zoo.
Memphis/Shelby County Library Children's Department www.memphislibrary.org
The Library has put together a page for children with cool links, surging safety tips and more!