Vermont Realtors® can make a difference in the lives of families who are in the process of moving. Each year, more than 8 million children between the ages of one and 14 move, or are relocated. A new initiative aims to help Realtors® take a proactive approach in helping families deal with the emotional and physical challenges children face when moving.
The Moving Families Initiative is a national plan focusing on serving the needs of families moving with young children. The Initiative connects moving families with Realtors® to help alleviate the stress that inevitably comes with moving.
At the heart of the Moving Families Initiative is a short animated children’s DVD, The Great Moving Adventure. The DVD is meant to be given as a gift from a participating real estate agent specifically to a family moving with young children.
How it Works
- Register to become a MFI Participating Real Estate Agent™ (see link below)
- Once registered, you will receive your MFI Participating Real Estate Agent™ Guide from World Class Coaches via e-mail.
- Keep a limited number of “The Great Moving Adventure” DVD with you at all times to be prepared to serve a family that you may come in contact with that is moving or thinking about moving with school-aged children.
- Realtors® who have purchased a minimum of 1 DVD have the option of participating in free training on how to use the resource tool to achieve the initiative’s mission, objectives and goals above.
Facts about Children and Moving
- Sense of loss and separation from people, places and things, coupled with the frustration and anger that comes with not having the emotional maturity to adjust to this loss.
- For young children, the normal process of separation can be interfered with, causing them to return to a more dependent relationship with their parents.
- Susceptibility to a wide range of emotions: depression, loneliness, anger, changes in appetite, social withdrawal, irritability, sleep disturbances, fear, all from the stress associated with loss and interruption.
- Interruptions/disruptions in schedules, routines, friendships, and not having the maturity to deal with this and what they miss.
- Insensitive parents who may not understand children’s sense of powerlessness and the absence of a sense of safety. These parents need resources to help them and these children needs parents to normalize things and make sense of their feelings.
- A misunderstanding that the chaos and frustration that their parents exhibit is their fault.
- Confusion, stress and anger if they have not been successful in making new friends.
- The “new kid” syndrome that can bring on bullying or being bullied.
- Falling grades and adjustment to changes in curriculum. There are often negative effects on learning.
- Post traumatic stress disorder in rare cases when accompanied by other changes in the child’s life such as death or divorce.