Moving house can be hard on everyone, especially when children are involved. Moving with a young child requires previous preparation and planning. In the middle of the moving chaos you have to be mindful of your children’s needs. Some children are likely to get upset when they experience lack of your attention. Some of them may feel like their world is falling apart because they are leaving friends, home, school, neighborhood,..
If you are well-organized, moving with children doesn’t have to be more stressful. Make sure you start planning the move early so that you can handle any unforeseen situation that may arise in the meantime. Have everything sorted out and prepared before the moving day.
How to make your kids accept the idea of moving?
– An efficient suggestion for a successful move with children is to involve them from the very beginning. Inform them about the big decision as soon as possible so that they have enough time to accept it.
– Make them realize why moving to another home is a correct decision and get them excited about it.
– If your children are old enough to help, make them active participants, so that they feel in control and that their opinion counts. Also, older children may research the new city/area/neighborhood online and find out more about local institutions and sights they might be interested in. Younger children can be helpful too. Have them make plans about the items that should be moved, what their bedroom will look like, how they would like to decorate it.
– Visit the new home with your kids before the moving day. If you are moving locally, show them the new neighborhood and visit new home several times before the moving day. Your children should get used to the idea of moving to a new place as soon as possible. Show them some exciting, entertaining spots where you will be spending a lot of time together.
– Maintain your kids’ daily routine. Do not skip their meals, important events, habits,…
– Since during the move you cannot be completely focused on your children, ask someone to help you with the child care. Otherwise, young children may get very upset due to the lack of parents’ attention and create additional difficulties.
– The children will be missing the old home a lot, so make sure to collect all the memories and take them with you. Take pictures of their bedroom, garden or any other special place. Also, bring up all positive aspects of living in a new house.
– Once you start packing, ask your children to help you with it. Even toddlers may get excited about putting their own toys or clothing into the moving boxes. That way they will become aware that all their personal items are going to be moved with them to the new place.
– Throw a party or a goodbye dinner so that you and your kids can say goodbye to your loved ones. If the kids have any other suggestion, take it into consideration. Before you move out, have a tour around your old house and say goodbye to every room.
– Visit the new school before the first school day. If possible, take a walk around the new school with your child and meet the teacher. He/she will feel more comfortable having you around during the period of transition.
– Once you settle into the new home, arrange your children’s room first so that they feel secure. Also, make sure that they can easily find their personal items.
– Have a small family tour around the new city/area/neighborhood, so that your children get to know their new environment better.
– During the first few weeks after the move your children might need a bit more of your attention, so try to be supportive and gentle.