TRAVEL COLLAB | How to Tell Your Kids That You're Migrating

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Migrating and just plain change can take a big toll on kids.

Hence, as a parent, it’s your responsibility to properly talk to your children and help them understand why your family will be moving to another country. It doesn’t matter if you do this before or after talking to Canadian immigration professional lawyers. The important thing is you engage in a conversation with your young ones.

Although you will most probably earn a negative reaction, especially if your kid is attached to your city and home country, it doesn’t mean that you should back out of your plans even if necessary.

This is why in this article, we’re going to walk you through several tips on how you can tell your kids about the big news of migrating.

 

 

ACQUAINT THEM WITH ALL THE DETAILS


When talking to your kids and informing them of your planned future changes, make sure that you’re going to tell them everything. Even if you think they won’t understand, you should tell them the complete details, especially about why you will move, where you will move, and the likes.

Of course, there are also situations when you have to restrict what you will say. What’s important is you say enough for them to understand the whole migration process. Otherwise, you may just make the process even harder than it is.

Keep in mind that even if your kid is looking forward to migrating, this tip should still be done for your and your children’s peace of mind.

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BUILD A COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE WHEN IT’S TIME TO TALK


Telling a kid that you’re moving to another country is a heavy subject, especially if they’re in an age where they are freely socializing with other people.

Thus, it’s just right that when opening up a talk about this, there is a comfortable atmosphere. Make sure that you both are in a pleasant mood and neither you nor your child is distracted about something. Starting a conversation despite these issues may not really end up in the way that you want it to. It may also cause more issues between family members.

Achieving a comfortable atmosphere means having the right timing. The place can just be a room in your house. What matters most is the present mood.

 

 

PRESENT THEM WITH OPTIONS ABOUT RECONNECTING WITH FRIENDS


More often than not, kids will be worried about not being able to talk to their friends ever again. If this happens, then you just need to present them with options as to how they can do it. It will be easy considering that we live in a very hi-tech world.

What will make this task a little difficult is the process of convincing them that migrating won’t necessarily cut their existing friendly connections. You can also tell them that moving is just another way of making new friends in the future.

 

 

ANSWER ALL THEIR QUESTIONS


Next up, make sure that you answer all the questions that your child has about migration. This may become annoying or time-consuming, but keep in mind that this is essential if you want to keep your family happy once you move. Try your best to explain even the most complex terms so they can fully understand what will happen.

 

 

DON’T INVALIDATE THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT THE SITUATION


One of the most important things that you have to remember as a parent is to not invalidate the feelings of your kids. Migrating to another country is already a big thing, but for a child who has grown to like the city they live in, this may be on a whole other level of intensity.

This being stated, you should try to understand your child if they get angry or sad about moving. Console them instead of simply brushing off their reactions. Not doing this can lead to them bringing their negative feelings up until you land in a new country.

 

 

SUMMARY


Being a parent comes with a lot of heavy responsibilities. This is most especially true when it comes to making connections between your children and making changes with your lifestyles.

Even if you’re excited about migrating, you also have to be mindful of how your family will feel. In this way, your kids, even at a young age, will understand your decisions. Doing so will also help you lessen the chances of forming negative feelings between you and your children.

Once all discussions are settled, you can now feel free to move through the migration process, find a new home in your new country, and conveniently settle in as an expat.

 

~ contributed by millenio
~ cover photo by joseph morris

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