Moving with Children 101
Moving homes is a big change, no matter your age. But for children especially, the thought of moving can be scary, confusing, or just plain upsetting. So how can you make this transition easier for your kids? There are a few key things that will make this big step seem more like a fun adventure and less like a scary change.
Whether we like to believe it or not, kids are very intuitive. Moving can already put tension on the family, but keeping it a secret will only elevate those feelings. Kids will likely sense there is something going on and if the adults in the family aren’t transparent with the situation, they might assume it’s something big and scary – something that they should be worried about.
So when’s the right time to tell them? Once the move is decided and it’s time to start packing or listing your current home, that’s usually a good time to loop in the younger family members.
Get Them Excited
One of the scariest parts of moving for a child is the unknown – will I like my new school? What if I don’t make any friends? If possible, try going to your new community before the move happens. Show them their new school, play in their new local park, take them out for a treat and pick your new “special” ice cream place. By giving them an idea of what awaits them after the move, you can help them to be more excited during the move.
Don’t Dismiss Their Feelings
While moving a few miles down the road may not seem like a big deal to you, it changes everything for your child. Try to listen to their concerns and offer plausible solutions to help. By listening to their feelings and making sure they are heard, they’ll feel more like the move is something they’re a part of, not just something that is happening to them.
Whether you’re moving across the country or across the neighborhood, moving is a big change for everyone in your family. But once you’ve unpacked that last box and settled into your new home, it will all be worth it.
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