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Moving abroad with children doesn't have to be a stressful experience. Depending on your children’s age, you can involve them in the moving process, and by emphasizing the exciting side of the move, you will help them embrace the adventure.
As soon as you have any definite plans, tell your older children about the move. Give many details, and do not wait until the last minute – they shouldn't hear it from someone else. This way, they'll have time to adjust to the new circumstances, and say goodbye to their friends. Their emotions about the move may change dramatically day to day, try and be patient with their fears and concerns.
If you have school-aged children, you should ideally move in the summer to give them a chance to settle into a new environment. It is also important to look for suitable schools in the area where you are going, and to involve your children in choosing a new school, if possible. You may also need to have translated copies of your child's birth certificate or passport in order to register them in school.
If you're moving to non-English speaking country, try to prepare your child for the new language. Buy them toys and learning tools before you go to give them a head start. Once you're there, try and introduce them to other children of the same age. You'll be surprised how quickly your children will be speaking the local lingo.
It may sound obvious, but it is something many parents forget when they're planning a move abroad. When organising the move, you might have less time to spend with your children. But they are also going through a potentially upsetting change, so it's always important to answer any of their questions and concerns patiently and keep them informed about what's happening.
If your children are old enough, you can easily involve them in choosing the new home, which will make them feel as part of the process, and will definitely get them excited. Once you've narrowed the choices down, take your kids to the potential houses if possible, where they'll be able to familiarise themselves with the new area, and contribute to the family discussions about the move, and the choice.
Creating a sense of team-work and giving your children age-specific tasks will get them more excited about the move. Allow them to arrange and pack their own rooms, and if they are older, participate in the actual planning as well. You should also let them make plans about their new rooms, think about the decoration, colour of the walls, curtains, and new furniture.
While teenagers won't need much assistance to keep in touch with their old friends, younger children might need encouragement and reassurance when saying goodbye. Try to organise a leaving party for your smaller children and their friends, and keep in touch with their parents. Your children might also need reassurance that they will see their old friends again.
Younger children should stay with relatives or friends. This will make the transition smoother and create less confusion for the children. Always pack the kids' toys and personal items in separate boxes and somewhere immediately accessible after arriving in the new house. Older children can provide help and assistance on the moving day.
Relax and don't start unpacking everything right away. If you look excited and happy, your children will also feel much more positive and confident about the move. When unpacking, arrange the children's rooms first, especially if they are smaller.
Once you've settled in to the new house, you can start truly exploring your new neighbourhood. Encourage your children, depending on their age, to join clubs, societies, and keep them excited about the new school and about the prospect of making new friends. Always take the time to listen to any concerns, and help your children if they seem upset or withdrawn after the move.
Britannia Bradshaw can help your move abroad go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation removals quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester) 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham) and speak with an international specialist.
After each move, we send a survey to ensure our customers are satisfied. As of 23 March 2017, our customers have rated our removal company as follows:
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My family and I have used Britannia several times and have always received a good service. Very flexible, given my lack of availability for an assessment and the short time-frame. [Removal men were] Mike Preston and Chris Heyworth - really friendly and helpful
The move day experience far exceeded our expectations. Considering moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do, we were relaxed for the whole two days with plenty of time to make a cuppa! We had every confidence in the removals crew. Jay and his team were professional, helpful and kept us organised without being obtrusive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
Amazing service from Britannia Bradshaw I'll definitely recommend you to friends and family. Thank you for making what can be a very stressful day go so smoothly. For me everything was great can't think of anything to improve. Ben and James were very friendly, polite and helpful - amazing service
Absolutely fantastic, could not have asked for better! Very caring as I was a wreck! Giovanni and Amrick.
The service provided was excellent, efficient and nothing was too much trouble. The removals crew (Andy J, Andy L, Cookie & Presto) were absolutely brilliant, everything moved and reconstructed quickly and efficiently, and importantly, without a single scratch, scrape or breakage.
You can't [improve the service]. The lads removing were brilliant. I very rarely meet such good service. Billy and the lads were all really helpful, friendly and courteous. The move was delayed and they had to stay late, on a Friday evening and not one of them complained. I couldn't speak highly enough of them.
Out of a number of similar companies I contacted, the person who answered the phone was by far the most warm, polite and helpful. Although it was one of the most reasonably-priced quotes we had, the main reason for choosing Britannia Bradshaw was that from the very first phone call, we had the sense we could trust your company. When it comes to having your possessions shipped overseas, that trust is more important than small differences in price.
We contacted Britainnia Bradshaw several times before being visited for a quote. Each time, staff were kind and helpful, going out of their way to be helpful and reassuring. They were a main reason we chose to go with Brittania Bradshaw. They were fantastic. It took four people working a very long day to get us packed, moved and unpacked. Even in the final hour, they were hard-working, kind to our children and incredibly professional. Great service, a competitive quote and willing to work with our tight timeframe for a move.