To Move or Not To Move: It's All About the Children (Guest Post)

A casual web search leaves the impression that changing the location of one’s residence is one of the biggest decisions humans will undertake. If you ask a search engine of choice for the best reason to move, you will get lists of pages that soar well above a hundred. It would appear that there is no shortage of good reasons to pick up from one location and replant in another.

The last thing you need is for me to give you another 10 reasons to relocate. Instead, I will give you one, one reason. Furthermore, it could be used as a justification to move or to stay where you are. As a parent, the most important reason for you to do anything is for the sake of your children.

Moving is stressful regardless of how good your reasons. There are weighty concerns including cost, the loss or damage to valuable items, the time and toil of packing and unpacking, and other basic realities of relocation.

Sometimes these immediate concerns become so great, they can effect our decision to stay or go. But all of these things are just a part of life and should not effect such an important decision as relocation. Most of these issues can be eliminated with a full-service moving company like United Van Lines. They are a long-distance mover that can handle everything from packing and loading, moving, unpacking, and making sure that fine china stays intact. Rather, when moving, focus only on what’s important. Here are three questions you should ask before calling the movers:

Is it good for education?

Should you move? What will that do for your child’s education? As much as we would love to believe that all schools are created equally, we know that they are not. If they were, there would be no need for private schools. There are many reasons why some schools do not perform as well as others. This is not an exploration of those reasons, just an acknowledgment of the reality. If you have several good reasons to move, but your child’s education would be better served staying where you are, then you should stay. Your higher paying job is not fair compensation for your child’s lowered education.

Is it good for health?

Does your child suffer from asthma, or allergies, or just some unexplained itch? Many of your child’s health issues might be related to where you live. It could be that the house is fine, but the neighborhood is full of pollen. Perhaps the house you live in is made from materials that are detrimental to good health. Maybe you are used to it, but your child suffers. These are valid reasons to drop everything and go. Education concerns effect your child’s future. Health concerns effect their present.

Is it good for happiness?

Life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness sounds like a good formula for everyone in the world. Yet when we decide to move or stay, we often neglect to consider the happiness of our children. Is your child the type who finds it difficult to make friends? What effect might it have to uproot her from the only friends she has? Is your child made miserable by the lack of playgrounds and recreational facilities? Should not that also be taken into consideration? There may be psychological ramifications for a child who is well education, healthy, but unhappy.

Any one of these reasons should be enough to get you moving, or reverse your decision to move. They all supersede considerations like dissatisfaction with a particular floor-plan, or noisy neighbors, or the potential to earn more money. None of those reasons to move or stay rise to the level of your child’s education, health, and happiness. If you put the needs of your children first, you will always make the wisest choice about moving.

 (This is a guest post)

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