Moving home is one of the largest projects that your family is likely to undertake. Finding ways that you can help your child cope with moving house is a big deal!
It should be no surprise that some members of your family, especially the younger ones, might feel “antsy” about it.
It is a natural emotion to be concerned or apprehensive about change, and is actually a healthy emotion to have.
That said, you will obviously still want to help your children to acclimate to change as best as possible. Here are a few ways that you might be able to do that.
Take them around the area beforehand
The sooner that your children get to know and get to find what aspects of their new area they like, the sooner they will be likely to change their attitude on the move.
To that end, you should take the opportunity to tour the area. Whether it be driving around or finding a good place to get out and take a walk, make sure they have the chance to explore.
You can look at any clubs there might be available for children that you can get them excited about.
It is also a good idea to get to know your area so that you have fewer concerns about it yourself.
Plan the move so you’re not stressing on them
If you’re dealing with the stress of trying to put a move together on short notice, then that is naturally going to affect how your children feel about the entire endeavour.
The best way to cope with stress is to plan ahead of time with the help of professionals early.
Hire a removalist as soon as you are able. From there, start packing early.
Once you know that most of the practicalities are going to be taken care of, it’s a load off your back and some relief for your family, as well.
Spend time making the home your own
A sense of familiarity and personal connection is going to do so much to help your kids get used to the new home.
As such, you can take the time with them to work on their room or aspects of the home to make it better suited to their tastes, whether it’s adding a new coat of paint, or decorating it with personal items such as photos and mementos.
Local activities and clubs – painting at home or finding children’s groups, can really help the move to be smoother.
The sooner they start feeling that personal connection with their new surroundings, the better for them it will be.
Keep their schedule in mind
Your children are likely to have a routine that they might not even be aware of but, when it’s disrupted, it can cause some real distress to them.
Attempt to keep that schedule as similar as possible, including when they get up, when they leave for school, when they go to bed, and so on, throughout all of the move.
That said, the move is the opportunity for change, so if they want a little extra control over how they approach life in their new home, afford them that opportunity, too.
Again, it is natural to have some doubts or concerns about moving to a new area, especially as a child.
Try to be understanding of your children’s emotions and, more importantly, still, give them the room and opportunity to express them.
Armed with the correct tips and advice, there is no reason why you can’t help your child cope with moving house in a way that makes it super fun for them!
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