Between changing schools and saying goodbye to friends, moving can be especially hard on your children. After all, big changes are afoot, and they have almost no say in any of the decisions being made. There are lots of ways to make this transition less disruptive on your children’s lives, from involving them in the decluttering and packing process to getting to know your new neighborhood.
There are also a wide variety of books and stories to help kids of any age cope with your move. Here are some of the most popular:
Katie Moves by Liesbet Segers
Katie is very excited about moving to her new home, but she's also scared. With the help of her mom and some new friends, Katie's fears subside and she starts feeling much more at home.
Big Ernie's New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving by Teresa Martin
This story affirms the feelings of sadness, anger, and anxiety that many children feel after a move, and suggests tactics for helping them adjust to their new home.
The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day by Stan Berenstain
Everyone's favorite family of friendly bears pack up, say goodbye to old friends, and move into their beloved tree house in this children's classic.
I’m Not Moving Mama by Nancy White Carlstrom
Little Mouse refuses to leave his home, until his mother explains that the rest of his family won't be staying behind with him. Little Mouse quickly realizes that family is what makes a house a home.
Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst
If your kids enjoyed Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, this story about Alexander's move might help your kids get on board with your relocation. In Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean it!) Going to Move, Alexander is back, and he's simply not going to leave his friends.
My Best Friend Moved Away by Nancy Carlson
A reassuring book about making new friends but keeping the old. In this book, a girl is sad becuase her best friend has moved away. Soon, a new family moves into the neighborhood, and she makes new friends—a great lesson for kids who are apprehensive about meeting new people.
A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow
A story about a shy young boy who finds his way in a new neighborhood by learning that the best way to make new friends is to be himself.
My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A workbook for children moving to a new home by Lori Attanasio Woodring, PhD
This award-winning book will help your children work through the moving process, from managing their emotions and saying goodbye to settling in to their new home.
As stressful as moving is for you, it can be doubly so for your children. These books can help you and your kids understand the process and the emotions they may be feeling. Read our Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Your Move to learn the best way to move with kids: