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08/26/2013 10:16PM, Published by Anonymous, Categories: In Print, Today


The Wilde Family


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How did you tell your children you were planning to move?

We had planned to wait to tell them until we had time to sit down and explain all the details about why we were moving for my husbands job and the fun things they'd be able to do. However, our plan changed when the day came for my husband and I to make the 2 hour drive to meet with a realtor in our new town, Chamberlain. We had arranged for a friend to get the kids after school, but both children weren't feeling well that morning so we decided to take them with us. We had to quickly explain that we were going to the town that we were planning to move to for Daddy's job. It wasn't our ideal way of telling them, but it gave us a whole day of open dialogue to discuss the situation. They felt really included as they were getting all the information about our new town the same time that we were. Our realtor has children, so she was very helpful in driving us by the pool, parks, and library, and she showed us the school playgrounds and where the buses dropped off and picked up each day.

How did you and your family prepare? 

We had very little time to get our house on the market as my husband moved about 2 weeks after we decided that the job and community were the right fit for us. The kids and I stayed until the house sold in Sioux Falls and we traveled back and forth to see each other. I bought a few books about moving and encouraged my daughter, who is 7 and was having a harder time with the move, to keep a diary of her feelings and questions. We talked a lot about feelings. I had a few friends that had moved when they were about my kids' age talk to them about their experiences, and that helped a lot. Having them talk with someone that had moved helped my daughter realize that she could still keep the friends that she'd made in Sioux Falls. We made sure to keep the addresses of her friends from school and had a play-date with a few friends right before the move. Our realtor was also great and introduced her daughters to the kids so they would know some familiar faces at school.  

What advice do you have for families in a similar situation?

I'd say just be as honest and open as possible.  Encourage questions and be prepared for some hard ones. Get to know the area that you are moving to as much as possible, and get involved with your new community. I went on Facebook and found many business and community pages including the Parks and Recreation page, so we enrolled both kids in swimming lessons the first week we were here. We also attended a lot of community events over the Fourth of July holiday. 

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Throughout our initial trip there were lots of questions, a few tears regarding leaving friends and cousins, however we kept talking about things and encouraged them to ask any questions they had at any time. There have been a lot of questions that we haven't had the answers to right away, but moving to a smaller community has been great as everyone has been so friendly and helpful. We stopped by the school to drop off our registration papers and the secretary already knew their names and grade levels after speaking with my husband about a month beforehand. She immediately made them feel important and special. We will travel back to Sioux Falls often as I have a business there, so they will still have the connection to many friends and our family there. We've tried to let them know that just because we have moved, it doesn't mean we have to forget about our old neighbors and friends. We get to keep our old friends and make new ones.  It's not goodbye, it's just "until next time." 

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    EVENT OVERVIEW: Join the SDSO for the sixth season of the Stained Glass Series. Experience the...


  • Little All Stars

    04/10/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/10/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Sensory Friendly Art & Adventures

    04/10/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    In honor of April being Autism Awareness month, the Center for Disabilities and Museum of Visual ...


  • Latches

    04/10/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Breastfeeding takes a village. Nourish your baby in a safe, comfortable place, surrounded by your...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...


  • Toddler Time

    04/11/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    04/11/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Into the Pit

    04/11/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Into the Pit Quarry Tour arrives with another chance to go Into the Pit of a Concrete Materials q...


  • Lapsit

    04/11/2017
    10:30AM — 11:05AM

    Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, stories and playtime. Get to know other families and ...


  • Babywearing for Do-It-Yourself-ers

    04/11/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Monthly on the second Tuesday


  • Join local musician Steve McFarland as he introduces the soothing sounds of the islands on th...


  • Art Journaling for Everyone

    04/11/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Art journaling for EVERYONE! Admission: $15 No artistic skills required. Join Da Vinci, Van Gog...


  • 25th Annual Avera McKennan Trauma Symposium

    04/12/2017
    07:30AM — 04:00PM

    This symposium will highlight current evidence-based concepts and acute care management of the tr...


  • Little All Stars

    04/12/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Milk Monologues

    04/12/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • American Family Insurance Easter Bunny

    04/12/2017
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    We are so excited to announce that the EASTER BUNNY will be hopping into our office of Terra Koup...


  • Sensory Friendly Art & Adventures

    04/12/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30PM

    In honor of April being Autism Awareness month, the Center for Disabilities and Museum of Visual ...


  • Middle School Art Club

    04/12/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Drop your middle schoolers off for art and crafts. FREE


  • Middle School Art Club

    04/12/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Drop your middle schoolers off for art and crafts. FREE


  • Great Plains Zoo CubClass

    04/13/2017
    09:00AM — 09:45AM

    Come discover animal body parts! This parent and child class will include a variety of learning a...


  • Toddler Time

    04/13/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Childrens Easter Activities

    04/13/2017
    09:30AM — 03:30PM

    Join us as we celebrate Easter with a party! Storytime: 10am & 2pm Easter Egg Hunt: 9:30am-3pm ...


  • Little All Stars

    04/13/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Toddler Art Out of this World!

    04/13/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    Toddler Art: Nature Creations  - 4/6/2017, 4/13/2017 & 4/20/2017 After a long winter indoors, i...


  • Great Plains Zoo Bookworms Reading Program

    04/13/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Bookworms Reading Program in the KELOLAND Education Center at the Great Plains Zoo. Join local c...


  • New Baby & Me

    04/13/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • EmBe Tribute to Women

    04/13/2017
    05:00PM — 08:30PM

    Now in its 44th year, Tribute to Women recognizes the incredible contributions women bring to Sio...


  • Who's Owl! Youth Acrylic Painting

    04/13/2017
    06:30PM — 09:15PM

    "Who" is ready for some fun?! Get ready, because this class will be a "Hoot!" Customize your ador...


  • Who's Owl! Youth Acrylic Painting

    04/13/2017
    06:30PM — 09:15PM

    "Who" is ready for some fun?! Get ready, because this class will be a "Hoot!" Customize your ador...


  • Beginners Henna Art Design!

    04/13/2017
    06:30PM — 09:00PM

    Temporary henna stains are beautiful and can be deceptively simple to apply with a bit of practic...


 


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