Moving homes is a difficult task on its own, let alone moving with children that you have to get ready for the big shift. Whether your children are toddlers or teenagers, there are special measures that one can take to make the entire shift as comfortable as possible for everyone. Here are some tips on how you can get your kids ready for a move, reduce anxiety levels and make moving easier on the kids. Read on to find out more!
Let them know in advance
Children are very sensitive to change, which is why you should ensure that you let your kids know about the move as soon as possible. You can always plan a family meeting to break the news to the kids, ideally at least a few months in advance. The earlier you let the children know about the relocation, the longer they have to get used to the idea of it and the less stressful it will be when the time finally does come for the big move. Let them know as much as possible, allow them to ask you questions and answer them as truthfully as you can.
Involve them in the process
Step two of keeping your family move stress free is to involve the kids in the entire process of moving. If you have older children, involve them in the process of choosing a reliable removalist, or allow them to join you in shopping for moving supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap and so on.
Anxiety is often caused by a lack of involvement in the process, so giving every family member a task, regardless of how small or big that task may be, is a great way to keep everyone happy in this somewhat stressful period of time. Younger children can help in sorting items out, and allowing them to choose what they’d like to bring along and what they are willing to let go of is another way of preventing any potential tantrums or outbursts.
Visit the new home
One fantastic way of reducing anxiety levels in children is to actually bring them to your new home, or the new neighbourhood prior to moving there. This will familiarise them with the area, give them an idea of what to expect when you do move, and lower their anxiety levels when it comes to moving to a strange, new place where they don’t know anyone.
It’s also a great idea to show them the positive aspects of the neighbourhood, and familiarise them with the amenities around the area such as local stores, parks and activities that they will be excited to engage in when you relocate.
Turn moving into an adventure
Children love adventures, and the more you can make the move seem like one, the better. Why not send the children on a ‘treasure hunt’ where they run around the house and look for items that you are looking for? Not only will these little activities keep them busy, they’ll also make life a little easier for you during the packing stages of the move.
If possible, a great idea is to allow the children the autonomy to decorate their new rooms in the new home as well – this is guaranteed to excite them and get them yearning for the move rather than trying to avoid it.
Host a goodbye party
Last but not least, most parents who have moved with children have all agreed that it‘s a great idea to host a “goodbye party”, where you invite all your family friends (including the children’s friends from school, especially if they will be changing schools after the move) for one last hurrah.
Whilst this seems like extra work when you already have a list of dozens of things you need to prepare for the move, allowing the children to see their friends and family is highly beneficial for them both emotionally and psychologically. Ensuring that your children are calm, collected and not too upset by the move is of utmost importance, and a little extra work is absolutely worth it.
Moving house can be an exciting time but moving with children can add an extra layer of complexity to things. I hope that this article has given you some insight into what you can do to keep the family stress-free during your upcoming move.
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