"On the stress scale, relocating ranks with death and divorce."
Everyone in the family experiences stress during a relocation--big stress--even if they're looking forward to the move. Whether you're going across town or across the country, you'll be leaving some things behind permanently--friends, routines, favorite places. Added to that are the uncertainties involved in selling a home, packing, moving, finding a new home, and settling into new jobs and schools. You're trying to create a whole new life!
Planning well ahead can help ease relocation stress. By mapping out the process, each step will become more predictable and manageable. Also, be sure to keep communications open and frequent among family members and with outsiders who can help.