Change and transition causes many disruptions in a household. With so many opportunities to disconnect, parents moving with children need to make an extra effort to STAY connected.
When our thoughts and actions are focused on other things – like packing boxes and coordinating details for us or paying attention in school and attending to peer relationships for our kids – we naturally disconnect from each other for a period of time. Purposefully scheduling time in your day to reconnect with your kids – emotionally as well as physically – is vital to keeping lines of communication open and strong. With younger kids, this may look like sitting on the floor with them, reading a book with them in your lap or playing peek-a-boo. With older kids, getting in their space in non-invasive ways is important. Having them put down their technology to make eye-contact and initiating some gentle physical contact (a hug, high five, fist bump or a touch on the arm or shoulder).
Take advantage of meal times on weekdays and weekends to connect and have conversations. They don’t have to be the ominous, nebulous“so….how ya doin’?” kinds of conversations. You can find out a lot by just being silly. Asking, “What made you laugh today?” (or smile, or sad, or mad) is less threatening and opens up the opportunity for other questions to help have some of those difficult conversations around moving.
To find out how to get connected to the Moving Families Initiative, go to www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.