More Tips for Military Families – #153

Postings or Moves  -Tip #153

It is that time of year again, when we hear about postings, possibilities of moving to another base, unit, city, State, province, etc.  It would be easy, in the short term, to think of the friends you have made, the job you may have to say good-bye to, the good school your kids are at, the family you’ll be farther away from.  In the long term though moving will be easier for yourself, your family and friends if you can look at the bright side, try to see it as an opportunity, make plans on how you will stay connected and accept that it is your reality.

Some tips:

*Focus on the positive things.  Do a Google search and find out what fun and different things there are to do in the area – think of the interests of everyone in your family so that you can pitch it to everyone

* Get the rest of your family thinking positively by playing “Did you know?” – You come up with interesting facts about where you are moving to and quiz them about it (we have even done it where they have to go off and find out things too)

* Go to your local MFRC or Readiness Centre and ask them to give you information about your new base, contact information, etc.

* Go onto the internet and do a search or onto Facebook and ask families that are already living on these bases what their experiences have been like and what tips they have for you

* Use it as an opportunity to get organized in your current home and get rid of things that you haven’t used in ages, don’t really need and just take up space (don’t throw or give things away without consulting with each other!!! – I did that once with some books over 15 years ago and it still comes up from time to time!)

* Your posting is a reality – you can spend all of your time thinking about what you are going to give up and lose or you can decide to look at as an opportunity to learn about another part of the State or country, about yourself and have a new adventure with your family.  The spin you put on it will also rub off on the rest of your family

* If you have children, do some research about local schools and find out some things these schools do that might also interest your children

* Tell your family members about a time when you had to deal with a lot of change and all of the good things that came out of it

* Find some funny or unique pictures of where you are moving to and include them in an email to everyone with your change of address and information

For more information about our tips, resources or books, go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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