Moving when you have children can be quite the feat, as children are often reluctant to change especially after they’ve become attached to a home and neighborhood. If you’re moving for business or moving to a new region follow these tips to make this time less unpleasant for children.
- Get Them Involved
Even if your kids are reluctant to move still involve them in the moving process as this will make them feel as though they are more in control of the situation. By taking them to open houses they’ll become familiar with the neighborhoods you’re considering moving to, and will have the chance to see first-hand some of the benefits moving would offer.
- Throw A Good Bye Or Farewell Party
Moving can be an emotional time for children, and it’s important to allow them to embrace their feelings. Hosting a goodbye party is a great way to close the door and give them closure on an important chapter in their young lives. You should also consider creating a memory book which would offer comfort on days when they miss their old home.
- Embrace the New Beginning
Use this time to focus on the positives of moving and all that it brings. Although it’s okay for your child feel sad about leaving your old home, it will help their transition if you give there’s something they can look forward to like a new bedroom. By allowing your child to help plan, undertaking simple tasks like choosing paint colors, or bedding for their room they’ll feel less uneasy about the idea.
- Give Them Simple Chores
Get them to help unpack the boxes as they arrive. It can be just as exciting if they’re able to decide where some furniture should go and how the decor in your new home should be set out. Don’t burden them with chores. If you see them looking out at the garden longingly let them play outside and enjoy the first day in their new home.
- Encourage Social Interaction
Being the new kid on the block can be lonely, which is why it’s important to encourage your child to socialize within the new community. Make an effort to meet the neighbors and schedule play dates with classmates if they have had to move to a new school. It can be intimidating for a child to socialize when they’re still getting used to the idea of moving. Encouragement can go a long way, but understanding your child’s pace is more important.
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