Immigrating to Canada: Preparing Your Children to Move—A Guide

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Immigrating to Canada: Preparing Your Children to Move—A Guide

Aside from the mountain of paperwork and legal procedures that you have to endure with your Canada immigration consultant, the bigger challenge of moving to Canada lies in acclimating to the new country. As great an opportunity as moving to the country is, many immigrants find adapting to the new weather, language, culture, and customs to be quite tedious.

If packing your life up in bags and starting anew in Canada seems like a daunting prospect to you, just imagine the stress that it can bring to your children. To be clear, children are highly adaptable; in fact, depending on their age, they might be more open to adjusting to a completely new environment. Despite that reality, it’s still a good idea to prepare your children for making a new life in Canada. 

To help you out, here are three things that you can do while you’re still processing your documents. 

 

  • Study the country

 

To expect a mature response, you must sometimes treat your children as adults. Instead of expecting them to just go along with your decisions, it’s best to include them in the entire process. Together with your child, you can study the country that you’ll be moving into. 

You can start by learning about the country’s weather, important historical figures, or different tourist attractions. Spousal and dependent sponsorship applications to Canada can take at least a year, giving you ample time to introduce the concept of moving to a new country to your child. 

Letting them know about the move can build excitement while reducing the fear of change and putting them into the right headspace when you finally move. 

 

  • Be aware of your child’s age 

 

Moving to another country will have an impact on your child’s growth, no matter how old they are. However, younger children who have yet to form strong bonds with peers are more open to change. 

Older, more mature children can be more resistant, as it will mean leaving friends and family that they care about behind. They will also be more accustomed to a certain lifestyle and may not relish the prospect of having to fit in with a foreign crowd. 

Depending on your child’s age, you may need to form a different approach and muster more patience. However, if you give your child as much time as possible to acclimate to the idea of moving by letting them know early on, chances are they will come around and even celebrate the idea.

 

  • Time your move wisely 

 

The first consideration when timing your move should be the weather. If you come from a warmer climate, you may consider flying in June to take advantage of the summer months, which typically reach up to 30 degrees Celsius or higher.

If you want to get your kids ready for school as soon as you arrive, you’ll want to do so earlier. School applications in Canada are usually filed in March and confirmed in June, with the school term starting in September. 

Conclusion

The process of moving, acclimating, and adapting to a new country can be challenging for everybody, especially to young children. However, if you take the time to prepare yourself and your child for the move, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to live a good life in Canada. 

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