Moving abroad is hardly going to be an easy task. I can’t speak from experience but can only imagine the absolute mission it would be to haul myself, my husband and two kids abroad, along with all of our belongings. More often than not it can, and will be, scary and difficult. However, this doesn’t rule out that it will, almost certainly, be an incredible adventure. It’s different if you are young and independent of the responsibility of a family, but what if you do have a family? It can be really stressful if you let it, but if you follow these tips it’s sure to take away some of the most stressful parts of a move.
Be a Team
While it is often easy to roll with your new move without really consulting with the emotions of your family, especially your kids, it is important to make sure it is everyones’ decision to move. You must find a way to stay strong even through the toughest of life changes so that you come out better and close than ever. This also causes less resentment in the long run when your spouse and/or your children feel like you are all working for something together. It should never just be about the opinion of one member of the family.
Organise Your Packing and Shipping
Oftentimes the most stressful part of the whole moving job is not the emotional preparation and the threat of being in a new and unknown place. Sometimes it is simply just the fact that you must pack up years of belongings and physically transport them to your new destination. This is especially tough with long distance abroad moves. Choosing moving companies to take complete control over these things will make international transport easier as they’ll handle everything down to the smallest details and it will also make your move much less stressful. This is something you will thank yourself for later.
Include Your Children
Including your children in the decision making may seem counter-intuitive when oftentimes it is your responsibility to make decisions that are in their best interests. However, it is important to keep your children as involved in the moving process as much as you possibly can. Make sure you let them feel like they are making some decisions or else they will feel trapped in the move and will eventually take it out on you and their new surroundings. If they feel like they are contributing they are more likely to feel more in control of their new life.
The most important thing to remember at the end is including the entire family by respecting and helping each other in making this great decision, and working together toward what is best for the entire family.
Have you ever had to move abroad? How did your children/spouse react?