Moving With Children
From the moment your house hunt begins to the day you step foot into your new abode, relocating can be an intense process – especially when children are involved. More often than not, the home serves as a special source of security and comfort for children, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if your kids have concerns about leaving their familiar surroundings. Sending the message that moving is an exciting adventure, rather than something frightening, will go a long way to getting your kids ready both emotionally and physically.
Here are a few suggestions to make moving fun for the entire family:
Explore the Neighborhood
Spend a “family day” touring the new neighborhood. Pointing out local attractions and introducing children to their new neighbors and school will help get them excited about the move.
Make a Family Wish List
One of the best ways to acclimate your child to change is to emphasize the positive opportunities they’ll be presented with once the family makes the adjustment. Write a list of all of the things your child wants to do once you’re settled in the new home. Activities such as sports, gymnastics, theater and art classes can be great ways for your kids to make new friends and help them feel more at home in their new surroundings.
Pack a Treasure Box
It’s no secret that children can become very attached to their belongings. Give your child his or her own packing box to decorate however they would like and allow them to pack up their favorite things to get them involved in the move and excited about it.
Let Loose Your Child’s Creativity
Kids will appreciate being involved in decorating their new house – especially when it comes to their own room. Bring home paint swatches so that your child can choose a color for the walls. Then follow up with a special day where he or she can shop for a new comforter, furniture, etc. Allowing your child to be creative will help make the transition smoother – after all, it’s only paint!
Help Your Kids Create an Address Book
Staying in touch with friends has never been easier. Help your child collect phone numbers, mailing and email addresses and social media accounts for everyone they would like to keep in touch with. By showing your child how simple it can be to keep in touch with old friends, they are sure to feel more at ease about the move.
Pre-Plan a Housewarming Party With Friends From the Old Neighborhood
Saying goodbye to friends can be difficult for not just children but for parents too. Before moving day arrives, plan a gathering at your new home with pals from the old neighborhood. This will help you feel comfortable in your new home and it will also help your child to see that just because the family is leaving behind a particular home, does not mean they are leaving behind friends.