Make Your Move Easier for Your Children and Yourself

Make Your Move Easier for Your Children and Yourself

Posted by the T2 Public Affairs Office on July 26, 2017

Another season of change is upon us. The summer months are typically the time when many military families pack up and move to start life in a new home and community. With all the packing and planning required, it’s natural to focus on the long list of things that need to get done. But, the emotional stress of moving shouldn’t be ignored. Moving can be particularly hard for children. If you’re planning a move, there are ways to make the transition easier for your kids — and for you.

Military One Source offers advice on its Military Youth on the Move website. For example, you’ll find five key tips for making moves easier for your kids. There’s also information about how to get children ready for life overseas.

Here's some advice for kids in different age groups:

  • Teenagers like to hear stories from people their own age. It helps to know it’s OK to feel a certain way and that things will get better. In these Military Kids Connect videos, teenagers talk about the stress of moving and how they handled it. Kids this age also might enjoy Military Moves: A Teen’s Journey. The animated graphic novel follows 16-year-old Alejandro as he makes his fourth move with his military family.
     
  • Younger children can watch Military Moves: A Kid’s Story. In this five-part series of short cartoon clips, 10-year-old Darien moves across the country with his family. You can use Darien’s story as a jumping-off point for conversations with your child.
     
  • Kids ages 2-5 can learn what to expect from a move by using The Big Moving Adventure mobile app, which was co-created by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) and Sesame Workshop. In The Big Moving Adventure, kids can create a Muppet friend to guide them through the moving process. They’ll learn how to say goodbye, express their feelings and make new friends. The app is also available for download on Google Play and Amazon.
     
  • The Sesame Street for Military Families website, also created by T2 and Sesame Workshop, is another resource for making moves easier. The site provides tools to help young children express emotions and has a relocation page with advice for parents.

The frequent moves required of service members and their families take a lot of work, and the process can be stressful. But, we hope these resources will help make your next transition to a new home and community a smoother one for your family.

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