Children react differently to international relocation and it will take time for them to get used to the idea of relocating home. However, there are number of things you can do to prepare the family for an international move overseas for work.

School searches

The most important thing you can do to help you children settle into their new home sooner is to find them a new school as soon as possible. Finding and enrolling your children into a new school soon allows them to get used to the idea of finding new friends. It also gives you the ability to research and find a school that aligns with your children’s interests.

Find a home

While it might make more sense to you to find a new home close to work to minimise your commute, you need to take into consideration the impact that this will have on your children. The kids will be better able to settle in to their new home if they have an easy walk to school, local park facilities located close by and a home they can feel safe in.

Prepare your children

Often children can become anxious, stressed or upset by a move, especially one that’s international. Speak to your children about the move and help them look forward to it. Make sure you explain that they won’t have to leave their friends behind forever.

Make a plan

Making a plan for the move doesn’t only help you to understand what needs to be done and when, it also helps your family understand too. Although the most important thing might seem like organising visas and passports, it can actually be taking the time to work out what needs to be done and when. Don’t forget to include fun things for the family like farewell parties or a final dinner with friends. Moving overseas is an exciting time so celebrate it!

Ask for help

At Grace Mobility, we provide employees with the help they need to relocate overseas for work with their families. Our expertise extends to a range of services which includes school searches, property management and relocation administration. We use the latest global mobility technology to manage your relocation from start to finish to ensure your family is happy and settled in your new home.

For more information on our employee mobility services, destination services or assistance with your relocation, get in touch with us.