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The impact of moving on a toddler

Moving, again.

We have moved 5 times in 5 years and in that time, we have had 2 kids. I have heard that moving is one of the most stressful things in life and I can see it has an impact on ourselves and of course our kids, especially our oldest.  He knows we are moving, but he doesn’t really know what that means. 

Some times we just assume that he understands that everything inside the house is coming with us and that the home is staying. he has said things like “how will we bring the house to Fort Langley?  on a big truck?”  or through sobs “what’s going to happen with all my things when we go?”.  He is literally believing that we have to up and leave everything.

Putting things into context

This just gets me, because right now over 16 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine and a bunch have been kids. Kids that have had to leave their pet, or their favorite stuffy, or blanket, or doll, or toy airplane and for why?  What the F are those parents suppose to tell their kids?

Thankful for certainty

I am so thankful that I can tell him, “All of your things are coming with us when we move, I’ll be sure of it.”  My heart hurts for those kids and parents going through unimaginable physical, mental and emotional turmoil.

I am glad to be writing this down because it’s an example of one sentence from a toddler being incredibly humbling. We need to not just assume that they know the details like adults.

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Written by Rory Gibbons

Rory is a husband, father, naturopathic doctor, co-owner, and co-founder of Virtual Health Collective. He is also a writer, foodie, cyclist, and coffee lover. A solid homemade americano is an important part of his morning.