Relocating with your children after a divorce requires a lot of work. You have to make sure to handle every legal aspect on top of the overall stress that comes with moving.
While you focus on the practical matters involved in the move, it is important to not forget about how your children may feel. It can be devastating for them to leave their other parent and their home to move somewhere else. There are some things you can do to help make the move easier for your children.
Stick to routines
You may feel overwhelmed and incredibly busy as you get closer to the move date, but it is important that you try to keep your routines in place. The disruption of moving alone is unnerving for children. Having the structure of a normal routine can be very comforting. It can help reduce anxiety and allow them to adjust better to this big life change.
Maintain a positive attitude
It can be tough to keep up a cheery attitude at a time when stress levels are high, but staying positive can go a long way toward impacting your children’s moods. They will often follow your lead. It is hard to be grumpy and obstinate when your parent is happy and optimistic.
Moving is hard, especially when it means leaving a parent behind. You may know this move is important, but your children may only see what they are losing. It is up to you to help manage their fears and worries and provide a good environment for them to become ok with what will happen.