In all the years that we have been relocating people, one of the main concerns that families have is whether or not the children will be happy. There are those who start looking feverishly for houses with pools or adventure playgrounds in the garden as an incentive to encourage their children to move while others do not dare mention the move until it is almost time to get on the plane. In reality children will accept and enjoy the move much more if they are involved from the start and in fact have few expectations. As soon as you know that the move is a certainty, then it is a good thing to start to make the new country or city familiar. The internet is full of lots of information which will help them to build a picture of where they will be living and perhaps where they might go to school. For children relocating to Australia for the first time the fauna, especially kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and parrots are exciting and different. Places such as The Great Barrier Reef are really wonderful Australian draw cards for families and the opportunity to visit is often something that fires the imagination. A wish list of places to visit close to the new city is also to be encouraged as it builds up anticipation and helps to focus on the positives of the relocation: include zoos, beaches, parks and museums. Have a look at the Elite Executive Services website for special activities for children
One of the things which is of most concern will be leaving friends behind and it is often useful to start a scrapbook with lots of photos of friends and happy memories. Make sure that they have an address book with all their friends’ addresses, email addresses and perhaps jot down birth dates so that you can early keep in touch. Setting up Skype is also a great idea to keep in touch once you have moved.
Make sure that the children have a say in what to pack and what to leave behind. It is important to let them feel that they are involved. Always make space in the hand luggage for a few favorite items to go along with you. It is also a great idea to mark boxes of special toys to be packed last and which can be unpacked first once your shipment arrives. This will keep them occupied and less stressed at the destination.
Relocating is a great opportunity for families to experience new things together so involve the children and have some fun along the way!