Moving house is a stressful transition in itself, so when you have children to uproot too, you need to be prepared. In this article, I’m going to give you some advice on how to make your move with your children go as smoothly as possible.
Before you move
Pre-warning your children that you’re thinking of moving is the first step you need to take. This will put the idea in their head and this way, when you announce that you are moving, it won’t come as much of a shock to them.
Bringing your children along to any viewings of your new home is also a wise idea. Doing this will give them the chance to become excited about their new home. They could choose where their bedroom is going to be, and start planning where they would like their furniture to go, and what color they would like their walls.
Once you have decided on a property, sit your children down and explain to them that you are all going to be moving soon. Empathise with any objections that they may give you and have a ‘pros of moving’ list ready to give to them. Make sure they know that the move will be a good thing in the long run, even though it may seem a scary thought at the moment.
When it comes to packing, don’t immediately pack all of their favorite things away. Ask them to be grown up and pack away things that they think they won’t need in until you move into your new home. You could make it into a game for them and offer treats of some sort once they have done this task with you. Although, seeing their home (especially if it’s the only home they’ve ever known) all packed up can be traumatic for a child. Consider hiring some movers to do all of the work for you when it comes to moving day and take the children out for the day.
If you do decide to go with a moving company, then once you have been alerted that all of your belongings are in your new home, you can tell the children that you’re going to your new home now to unpack all of your things. Be sure to unpack their bedrooms first so that they can make it as homely as possible.
If you’re moving your belongings yourself, think about asking a family member or a friend to have the children while you move. This way, you could get everything unpacked too and when the children come back, they will have things that they recognise already there.
If you follow these tips, your transition into your new home should go smoothly. Remember, change is a terrifying thought for even the strongest of people, so children are much more easily affected by it. Comfort any drawbacks they may have and make the move exciting for them. Enjoy your new home!