When we moved a few years back it was quite the ordeal. With 2 young kids and a house full of memories, it was hard on the kids. Moving house is an upheaval for adults and children. If you are preparing to relocate with your kids, it’s hugely beneficial to try to prepare in advance and make the move as stress-free and simple as possible. Here are some top tips for parents.
Explain what is happening
The best place to start when getting children ready for a move is to explain what is happening. Tell your children if you have plans to move, let them get involved in the process of searching for and viewing properties and keep them in the loop if you decide that you want to put in an offer. If you have set a moving date, provide a rough timeline for your kids so that they know how long the process will take and what is going to happen as the date approaches. Be prepared to answer questions and provide information at every point. Kids are naturally inquisitive and they might want to know more about what happens when you start packing, loading up a truck or settling into a new home.
Enlist the help of professionals
Moving is a logistical operation, which can be made more complex by trying to balance work, looking after your kids and getting ready for a move. If you are relocating, it’s an excellent idea to enlist the help of household moving firms and to call in favors from friends and family. You can hire companies to help you pack and you could consider asking friends or relatives to help out with childcare or looking after pets while you pack or get your new home sorted.
Talk about your new home
Moving can be stressful for adults, but it can also be disruptive for children, especially those who like to have a routine. To prepare your kids for life in their new home, try to minimize disruption during the move and talk to them about the new property and what life will be like there. Upsell the positives and try to make the experience of moving seem like an exciting adventure. If you’re moving to a location that isn’t hundreds of miles away, it can be helpful to show your kids around before you move. This will enable them to get their bearings and it will also make the house seem more familiar when you actually move in.
Get to know your neighbors
If you are moving to a new neighborhood, it’s a great idea to try to get to know your neighbors in advance. Knock on the door and introduce yourself, join social media community groups and try to get involved so that it’s easier for your kids to make friends. It’s also beneficial to arrange a get-together with your old neighbors or friends from the area where you used to live so that everyone has something to look forward to. This can help to make the transition easier and smoother.
Moving house can be a fun adventure for kids, but it can also be disruptive and a little daunting. If you are relocating, try to prepare your children in advance. Talk to them openly about the move, let them know what is happening, give them a timeline and encourage them to get involved and start planning for life in their new home. Try to get to know people in the local area and enlist the help of professionals to reduce stress and save time and effort.