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Moving With Kids

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  • may worry about being left behind or separated from parents
  • reassure kids that you will be back when you go house-hunting
  • bring them back something unique from the new town
  • give them a job to do to involve them in the move
  • have kids box their toys and "label" with crayons and stickers

KIDS 7 TO 12

  • concerned with how everyday routines of their lives will change
  • show them pictures, videos, and magazines of their new home
  • find information about activities they enjoy (karate, dance, soccer)


  • concerned with fitting in and worried about making new friends
  • may react angrily to the move and insist they're not going
  • feel a lack of control -- friends, school, jobs being disrupted
  • curious about hairstyles, clothing, cars, etc. that kids will have
  • take an orientation trip with kids or take detailed photos new town


  • give young children an entertaining travel kit for the move
  • give older children a diary for recording the trip and move
  • give address book and stationary for keeping up with friends
  • take videos of the new home if the kids won't get to see it
  • arrive before movers so kids can explore and become acquainted
  • give younger children a chore, such as working on their room
  • give middle children a chore, such as supervising little siblings
  • give older children a chore, such as painting or arranging furniture
  • take a break with the family to explore the sights
  • arrange a visit to new schools and a meeting with the teacher
  • encourage the children to bring new friends home


  • your realtor (part of their service and may have children in school)
  • local newspapers (run stories on activities of local schools)
  • local library (annual guide to private independent schools)
  • "Choosing A School" (Consumer Info. Center / Pueblo, CO 81009)
  • "Access to School Records" (call 1-800-NET-WORK)
  • "How Parents Can Evaluate Their School" (call 1-800-NET-WORK)


  • check the ranking of their language and math instruction
  • ask about teacher-to-student ratios
  • compare their test scores to the national and state averages
  • observe the atmosphere and activities of the school
  • ask about the size of the classes
  • look at the diversity of their music, computer, and arts programs
  • check academic standards (honor programs, merit scholars)
  • investigate their sports programs
  • inquire about graduation rates and college advancement
  • look at the overall philosophy and values of the school


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