My wife and I recently decided to uproot our children and move to another area with better schools, bigger homes, and more families. It wasn't an easy decision but we feel that it's best for us in the short and long terms.

One of our biggest concerns was helping ease the transition for our children, who were leaving friends and comfort behind. No matter their ages, moving from one neighborhood to another — or even one bedroom to another — can be traumatic.

Here are some tips to make it easier for your kids, too.

1. Keep things consistent.

As best you can, try to keep your child's routine, lifestyle, and living situation consistent. If they like their bed on a certain side of the room or their bookshelf facing a particular wall, let them have it. They need reassurance at times like these and if you can help them accomplish it, by all means, do it.

2. Talk about it.

Well before the move takes place, begin a conversation with them. Explain to them — in terms they'll understand for their age — why the move is happening and what it means for them. Try not to sugarcoat anything to soften the blow. Be upfront, be honest, and give them space to accept it.

3. Find books on moving.

There are most certainly books to be found at the library or online about making the transition from one neighborhood to another. Pick up a couple and start reading them to make the idea seem real.

4. Make it an adventure.

The best thing about moving is it opens doors to new worlds to explore. Find out all the cool new parks and play areas in your new neighborhood, show them to your child on Google maps and explain how you'll check them out together. You can do the same with anything that you and your child love — new ballparks, zoos, splash parks, restaurants, libraries, children's museums, or even a lake to fish in.

5. Take tours.

If your new neighborhood isn't too far away, try to take a few trips there with your children to show them where they'll be living, playing, and attending school. Take pictures and video of the area so they can see it again and begin to familiarize themselves with the area.

6. New furniture or item for your home.

Sure, they'll be bringing all their toys, clothes, and games from your current home, but maybe there is something you can fit in the budget that they can look forward to adding to their new home. Gonna have a backyard for the first time? Look on Craigslist for a gently used outdoor playset that they can look forward to playing on endlessly.

7. Make it fun.

Moving is challenging and there are enormous demands on your time. However, it'll be rewarding for all if you can build in time for a few adventures together once you move. Promise your kids a day at the new park or a visit to the big movie theater downtown. It will make them look forward to living in a new place.

8. Get them involved.

Before you move, find an athletic league or music class that your child might like and enroll them in it. It will give them something to look forward to, keep them busy, and help them make friends instantly.

9. Remember their emotions.

You will be consumed with packing, getting new cable service, dealing with a mortgage or new landlord, unpacking and getting settled in. It's important not to lose sight of your children's needs and emotions during this time. Sure, they're resilient and tough but they need you. Remember to create one-on-one time for them during the day without any interruptions. It will go a long way.

10. Check in.

Even weeks or months after the move, make sure you touch base with their teachers, babysitters, or friends to see how your kids are holding up. Are they fitting in at school? Making friends? Engaging in activities? If there's an issue, deal with it quickly.