I hope you had a great weekend. We had warm weather with intermittent rain throughout the weekend.
We promised our kids that we would go to Six Flags St. Louis on Saturday but it rained off and on all day. Instead we went to Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park. We’ve been before but it’s been a while. More on that later.
We have sixteen days until the packing process begins and the kids wanted to do something fun. Although, I am excited about the move, there are days when the magnitude of it all overwhelms me. I think to myself, why in the world are we doing this again? I realize it is perfectly normal. I allow myself to feel and then I snap out of it. As I always say, I’ve got to “keep it movin”.
Moving can be tough for families, especially kids as they reach the teen and tween age. My kids are 15, 12, and 10. We are fortunate that we are moving somewhere we have lived before and have friends waiting for our arrival. The fact still remains that they will miss their friends dearly. Fortunately, with technology today there are ways to maintain constant contact via computer and cell phone. You can even visually see one another which is pretty cool. When I was a kid, the options were pen pals and limited long distance phone calls because you paid by the call. Wow! How times have changed.
Since this is our fourth move, we have learned a few things that help our kids with the adjustment:
The tips are in no particular order.
Six Tips to Help Teens and Tweens Cope With Moving:
1. Arrange for special quality time with their current friends, somewhat of a going away celebration. All three of my kids have spent time doing something fun with their close friends and classmates.
2. Talk to them about their new school and arrange for a visit and tour. We select our home based on the schools that work best for our kids. Research the schools on-line together. I have used http://www.greatschools.org as a trusted resource for years.
3. Research sports, activities and hobbies that they plan to continue pursuing or would like to pursue. My son is already on a football team. His coach is a personal friend. We’ve already scouted out a music academy for piano and voice lessons. Getting kids involved in the same activities early on helps with the adjustment. It introduces them to new people and places in the community.
4. Relocate early in the summer if possible to get acclimated to the area. This helps kids to make friends in the neighborhood as well.
5. Provide a lot of support and encouragement while maintaining open communication. Check with your kids regularly to get a feel for how they are doing socially as well as academically. It can’t hurt to check in with their teachers from time to time also. Helping my kids get acclimated is always a priority for me. We work really hard to get the house set up quickly and their new room decorated just the way they like it.
6. Find a church home. This is important to us, and we look forward to connecting with our old church family. We generally search for a church home that will meet the needs of the entire family.
Some kids will need a little extra lovin’ as families navigate the moving process. Parents know your kids and help them to make the adjustment. Although, I do believe that kids are more resilient than we think.
Now on to our fun day. Although we (hubby and I) did not jump on the trampoline, watching our kids enjoy themselves was enough for us. Let’s just say we were hands-on active facilitators of the day.
Check out our photos from our day at Skyzone. I am a novice photographer and getting a good shot while the kids were jumping on the trampoline was challenging.
Kids love to jump on a trampoline. It’s great exercise and lots of fun.
This looks like fun and quite a workout. Have you ever heard of skyrobics?
Dodgeball game on! It was pretty intense and my girls were pretty fierce. A fun time was had by all. They were starving and dying of thirst by the time we left. Their words not mine. We grabbed a bite to eat before heading home. We were admiring the storm clouds as we drove home until the tornado sirens went off. More excitement to add to our already eventful day.
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Peace and Blessings,