Preparing kids for any type of move can be stressful for everyone who is involved, and it can be even more difficult when you're moving to another country. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can get your kids excited about an international move. Try these tips to help get them prepared; if you do, you might find that it will help you get prepared for these big upcoming changes, too.
1. Try Foods from the Country That You're Moving To
One great way to prepare your family for a big move to another country is to begin trying foods from this new place. If you're moving to Mexico, for example, try dining at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Depending on the city that you live in currently, there may be plenty of ethnic restaurants that will allow your family to try foods that hail from the country that your family will be moving to. You can also look up recipes online and try them at home.
2. Work on Learning a New Language
Even if you're going to be living on a military installation or elsewhere where there are a lot of English speakers, it can still be helpful to learn at least a few words of the native language that is spoken in that country. Plus, it can be a lot of fun. There are books, videos and programs that teach kids how to speak a new language, or you can hire a tutor to work with your kids to teach them the basics. Along with having fun and preparing for their new country, it can also help teach them a new skill that can stick with them for the rest of their lives.
3. Show Books and Videos of Your New Country
You can expect for your kids to experience a culture shock when moving to a new country, but showing plenty of books and videos can help your kids get a better idea of what to expect. Show them some of the places that the country is famous for and some of the places that you will be visiting, and encourage them to do more research into the things that they find that they are interested in. Once your kids have learned more about this new country and what it will look and be like, things can be less intimidating when they get there.
Helping your family adjust to the idea of moving to a new country can be tough. However, if you follow these three tips, you can get your kids excited about an international move. For more moving information, contact a company like Hollander Storage & Moving.