How to do you prepare a 3 year old for a big move?

Kalie - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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We are moving about 5 hours away from our friends and family as my better half is in the military and has been reposted.

i just dont know how to prepare her for this and deal with the separation of her grandparents once we have moved.

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Adrianne - posted on 01/06/2010

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Your kido will be fine. My best suggestion is make sure that her room is the 1st set up put together so that she can feel as if she has her own space with her things. She might not notice to much after that.

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Erin - posted on 01/08/2010

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we moved acrossed the country the day before my daughters 3rd b-day, its a 12 hr flight so we don't get home often. we moved 11 months after my husband and we spent most of that time living with my mother so my daughter was very close to her and one of the things she has done is mail her little crafts and things that they used to do together every holiday. so even thought they are not together, they can still have thier special things together. we made her a photo album, which was great.also a web cam is very important, that way she can see and talk to family and friends. we also had a going away/b-day party for her. good luck with your move!

Marisol - posted on 01/08/2010

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We moved when my son was 4 and what I did was make a phone book for him to use when he missed his grandparents or aunts and uncles. The was to ask me if he could use the phone so I could help him. But the phone book has a picture of the family member with their name under their picture and the phone number (house or cell number) to call them. Now at the age of 6 he loves his phone book and calls whoever without my help, he just asks if he could use the phone. :) Now I want to add addresses to the phone book since he is learned to read and write.

Christina - posted on 01/06/2010

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Kids adapt very fast, you just have to be the strong one, she'll eat off of your energy. as long as you make it fun and show her all the great new thngs she gets to experiance in this new place, she'll do just fine. don't show any anxiety or she'll have trouble. Good Luck oh and just be sure to lether contact the other family members everyday so she knows they still are there for her even if they're not there physically. Also, try to make up something that she can share with the loved ones you're leaving behnd. When my son goes t spend the night at my moms or anything. I tell him I see the same sun, moon and stars as him, and every morning and night I say goodmorning and goodnight to him. that helps him alot. give it a try or think of something she'll like if that's not for her. Best of Luck

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I think your daughter will surprise you at how well she adapts to your new home. Children are amazingly versatile. Try to get her excited about her new room and new playgrounds, etc. Let her pick something special to give her grandparents so she can remember that they have it to remember her. Pictures are great as well! Give her a little photo album with pictures of everyone that she loves in it - you, your husband, grandparents, etc, and of course, herself! That way she can look in it and see everyone whenever she wants to. It's also helpful when she is talking on the phone to visualize who she is speaking with. Hope some of these ideas help! All the best to you and your family!!

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