For whatever reason, thousands of us are choosing to leave Britain and head for a new life abroad.
Relocation can be an exciting time, but when children are involved, it can also be a stressful and uncertain one. By making sure you do your research and listen to the thoughts and feelings of your children, however, you can make sure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 353,000 emigrants left the UK in the 12 months up to March 2012. This figure was up on the previous year and has been put down to an increase in people moving countries to take up a specific job.
The reason you chose to relocate will inevitably lead you to a particular country, but Australia, Spain, France, New Zealand and Canada always seem to top the polls of countries that Britons head to.
Here, Quick Move Now runs through the top five tips for making sure your relocation with children goes smoothly.
- We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again – do your research. Learn as much as you can about the country you are moving to and teach your children all about it. If you will be moving to a non-English speaking country, try to teach them some basic words before you relocate. Research British schools before you go, but don’t rule out state schools, as these will help your children integrate well into their new country.
- Say goodbye. Make sure you give your children the chance to say goodbye to family, friends and the places they love visiting.
- Help your children make new friends. Making friends is one of the most important things to young children so make a concerted effort to invite people over and join clubs and groups with your children.
- Keep in touch with family and friends back home. Skype is an excellent way of ensuring your children can still see their grandparents, cousins and friends. And it will allow your family back home to see your children growing up and changing. Although it is important to integrate into the new culture you have relocated to; it is also essential for your children to maintain any customs and routines you had back home.
- Let your children talk. Make sure you are fully aware of how your children are feeling about the relocation. Once you know their concerns, you can help your children to overcome them.
So now you are ready. Good luck with your move and enjoy relocating to an exciting and fun new place.