A 2015 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology examined the effect of relocation on children. It found that introverted children experienced more long-term effects of a move than extroverts.
It should come as no surprise that a move can be disruptive and anxiety ridden for a child, but in our increasingly mobile society, it often can’t be helped. What parents can do, is try to minimize the impacts on their children during a move.
Anxietyfreechild.com is a website committed to helping parents raise anxious children, and they offered these suggestions for settling into your new community:
After the Move
- Set up your child’s bedroom pronto! This immediately establishes familiarity and a safe haven.
- Allow adjustment time. Both you and your children need time to properly process the move and acclimate to your new surroundings. Set up exploration adventures where you find all the nearby playgrounds, parks and other fun stuff for kids.
- Don’t ‘perch.’ This tip comes from Psychology Today’s Nancy Darling, referring to the hesitancy some families or children may have about truly becoming part of the community. Help your child join playgroups, community or church groups or otherwise dive into the community. It is, after all, your new home.
Enter Corporate Housing! Corporate housing provides relocating families the opportunity to have a real home, not a hotel room, during their move. It lets you immediately submerse yourselves in a new community, register for schools, meet kids at the park, etc.
When you stay in a fully-furnished apartment, instead of a hotel, a child has their own space to retreat to when they need it.
Because you’ll enjoy a full kitchen when you choose one of our corporate apartments, you’ll be able to keep more things the same, like family dinners, their favorite breakfast cereals, nap times, etc., making the changes less dramatic. You’ll also save money on dining out, and not be relegated to a tourist district.
Choose Paragon Corporate Housing for your upcoming move, and we’ll help you live like you’re home!