Have A Kid-Friendly Move

Changing homes is stressful for the whole family. Here's how to make the process smoother, with advice you can follow before, during and after your move.

Moving is always unpleasant. Nobody knows this more than kids.

Children who move frequently tend to do poorly in school and have more behavioral problems, according to a Northwestern University study (PDF). Another study, from 2010, also found that introverted people who moved often when they were young demonstrated less well-being as adults — and even died younger — because they had fewer close social relationships.

But a move needn't scar Junior, experts say.

"If you do the right things, most kids are going to handle it fairly well," says Frederic Medway, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of South Carolina and a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children and families. Medway has studied the effects of moving and location for three decades.

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