When it comes to relocating it can be a very tough and stressful experience, especially if children are involved too. Relocating children can be confusing for them so you need to make sure they understand prior to the move what is happening and why it is happening to make it as stressless for them as possible. But once you are in your new country it is not going to be easy for them to adapt especially if they are already in school. These few tips below should help you to understand what you can do to help your children adapt when moving abroad.
Try to get a routine quickly
Children tend to cope better when they have a routine in their lives so making sure to settle into a routine as early as possible when you move is important, try and get some activities going each day. You should try and keep some continuity from your old home to, for example, if you went to the park every Friday or something like that, then try and keep to that at your new home, this will help to link the two and make them feel more comfortable.
Make sure to keep in contact with family from home
Your children are going to miss home, so you need to make sure they can have some sort of contact with their old life. By helping them stay in touch with family either through video chat or letters you are going to help your children stay connected with their family and home country which helps them settle in at their new home.
Help them academically
If you have moved partway through their school life they are going to struggle to begin with as they are not going to be fluent in that language. They are also going to struggle to make friends begin with as they will be shy and everything is new to them. You need to try and minimize this by helping to teach them more. You can do this with things like ell books which help newcomers to the country learn the language and catch up, and also by hiring a tutor to help them outside school so they can catch up. It may be best should you be able to, homeschool them, this will stop them worrying about fitting in and allow you to teach them what you can to get them at least at a point where they can be in school and thrive.
Get them into hobbies
Once they are comfortable making new friends is a must for settling them in, so try and get them into after-school clubs or extra activities outside school. If done locally you can help your children to make new friends with the local children and this will help them to fit in more and make them feel they belong there.
If you are moving abroad with children and you are worried about how they might adapt and how you can help them, then these few tips should help you to understand how you can help. It can also help you to get ideas you may not have thought of to help them settle into their new home.