(HealthDay News) -- Job loss, promotion, a transfer and other life changes can force families to move. For children, a move can be stressful and accentuate negative aspects of their personalities, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.
To help a child adjust to a move, the academy encourages parents to:
Emphasize the positive aspects of what awaits at the new location.
Let your child express his or her feelings and acknowledge sadness.
Take your child to the community where you will be moving.
Give the child the chance to participate in decisions, such as the new room color.
Become involved in the new community yourself.
Maintain contact with the old community.