(Tim sings – I like to move it move it, I like to move it move it.)
Tim, what do you like to move?
- Aw, I like to move my body and sing. But I don’t really have a body, ha ha. Tim is only a sock puppet, but I like to move with music. Makes Tim happy!
- You know what?
Know what Tim?
- I don’t really like to move to a different house. Starting all over again is hard. That makes Tim sad.
So Tim, is it hard for kids to move?
- Yes, it’s very difficult for kids. They feel powerless and not happy. Change is not easy.
Tim, what can parents do to help their children feel better about moving?
- Well, for older kids, parents can talk to them about decorating their new room in the new home. It is good to have something to look forward to. Maybe older kids can have friends come visit in new place. That can help.
What about the younger children? How can parents help them?
- The younger kids can help pack their room, like the older kids. Even the tiny ones can help, especially with toys. If you are old enough to take something out of a box, you can put it back into the box.
- You know what?
- When children have their own jobs to do, they feel important and a part of the move. Gives them some control. Everybody needs to have some control.
Tim, what happens when young children feel like they have no control?
- Oh, my goodness. They try to control their bodies. Not poop. Hold it in for days. No fun for anyone.
- Sometimes they wet the bed even if they are potty trained, because they are stressed over the big change. Giving children some control in the move is a big help to everyone.
Wow, Tim, you know your stuff. How did you get so smart?
- Well, I may just be a sock puppet, but I pay attention. Moving is in Ellen’s book. See, this one here. Good stuff in here.
- Gotta go.
- If anyone has questions for Tim, go to ellenbuikema.com Find me there and ask me questions. I answer. Ellen types. I have no hands or feet!! Typing with nose hurts too much.
- Bye Bye. I love YouTube!