To Relocate Or Not To Relocate
Do you know how to decide if moving for a new job is the right choice for your family? These tips may help make your decision easier.
“We’re moving to Finland,” says my husband. “What? When? How?” say I. “We don’t want to move out of the country,” scream my children. “Wait, let me get on my breathing machine,” says my mother. “Don’t do it,” says my father-in-law. But my husband can’t help but get excited.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he says. “I’ll be too old to get another offer like this if I wait until the kids graduate from high school. And I know this stuff. I’m good at it and I won’t have to learn anything new.”
I couldn’t believe it. He was seriously considering a move to Finland—a country we know absolutely nothing about. After being out of work for nearly two years, the $75,000 yearly salary seemed too good to pass up. It would mean getting back to where we were before we left his secure job in California and ventured out to start a new life. It would mean no more financial juggling. It would mean that I wouldn’t have to work so hard and it would mean I could go back to enjoying the role of mother and part-time business woman. And besides, we’ve always talked about working overseas and traveling the globe.
But could we really pack up and move to Finland? Had the offer been for Italy, Rome, France, Germany, Hawaii, or even the Bahamas, I probably would’ve jumped on the band wagon with him. But Finland? We can’t even stand the cold of Wisconsin. And then there were our kids to consider.
After a long family discussion with the kids, I’m happy to report that my husband has turned down the offer. Sure, it was a great opportunity. Yes, the pay was excellent. And the benefits were great, too. But my husband decided that no amount of money would be worth uprooting our kids from their grandparents to move to a country they didn’t want to be in.
Now if a job in the United States would just open up, we could relieve some of the financial stress and I could start enjoying “family time” again.
What To Do When You Decide To Relocate
Taking the time to determine if relocating your family is the right decision is more than just dollar and cents. Moving to a new place can be a heart wrenching experience for children. In fact, it can be just as hard on parents as you leave behind close family, friends, familiar activities, and the life you’ve grown to love. But sometimes, moving is the only solution to keeping peace in the house or staying financially afloat.
Answer these questions before you decide to relocate your family across town or across state:
Once you’ve answered the above questions, you can help prepare your children for the move by getting your children involved in the process from the start:
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