Moving Overseas With Children; How To Help Them Settle In?

Moving overseas is no easy task; especially with children. You will need all the help you can get. And it will involve a lot of planning. Here are a few tips that may help you lighten your task load…

  • Make their new home something to look forwards to – let’s admit it, moving homes is a scary affair for all people involved. But this is especially true for your children. And this is regardless to whether they are teenagers or younger children. Having something to look forwards to in their new home can help a great deal with handling the whole procedure of the move better. Having their own room, or a room dedicated for their crafts (or other interests) for example, can do the trick very nicely here.
  • Take their opinion when selecting schools – this is a very important step if you have teenagers; as they tend to have a harder time adjusting to new schools. Yes, it’s important that it is up to standard, and that it is an affordable school. But it’s also important that your teen is happy and looking forwards to join their new school, rather than dreading at becoming depressed over it. Also, if you want your children to adjust better with the locals, arrange for a tutor to help them grasp the local language. Additionally, you can also consider opting to enroll your little one to a best bilingual preschool in Singapore.
  • Have means of connecting to people back home – no matter how much we think we love our solitude, in reality, humans are social beings. We thrive among our friends and loved ones; so it’s vital that you have a proper means of communication with those whom you leave behind when you move overseas. Thanks to modern communication methods, this is not much of a hardship. But it still pays to have a proper internet connection and an updated smart phone.
  • Pay attention to their reaction to things – helping them adjust isn’t only about what you do before you move to your new place, but also what you do after you move. Pay close attention to their reaction to their new home, their new classmates, even their new teachers. If they are having a hard time adjusting, chances are that they might not be willing to share this with you. So it’s up to you and your observation skills to figure this out. This, again, is mostly common with teenagers and preteens.
  • Spend time as a family exploring their new home; try not to leave them by themselves too often at the beginning – we understand that the move involves a lot of things. Chances are, along with getting used to a new home, you and your spouse are also getting used to new jobs. In this case, it can be nearly impossible to spend time as a family; especially in the initial few years. But spending time with your children before and after your move overseas can also help a great deal for them to adjust to the changes in their life; so do take the time for it…