Moving house is tasking on its own, but moving house with children? Now that’s an entirely different beast.
Moving homes is a stressful time for those involved, especially for young children.
However, there is a lot you can do to assist your kids in easing stress and overall provide a less strenuous time on yourself.
Here is a list of ideas to help make moving home with kids a whole lot easier:
Come to an Understanding
Yes, you may have come to love the house you are planning to move into, but your kids may not share the same opinion.
Before you move, ensure your kids are caught up to date with what is going on. Discuss the moving plans with your children and if old enough, involve them in decision making when deemed possible.
Visiting the new house with your children is also a good idea to get them used to possibly living there.
Place Yourself in Their Shoes
Children at a young age may not be prepared for a big change like moving home, especially if it is a far move.
Ensure your children know they can keep in touch with any friends they have at school or in the neighborhood. If you moved at a young age, share your experience with them to show them things turn out just fine.
Dealing with Packing
Packing all your belongings can be a surreal experience. Assessing what should be brought over to the new home is a big part of packing, which means belongings will be left behind.
Communicating with your kids here will help, as you can come to an understanding with what can stay and what can go. Maybe they’ll support your decision to rid of the play-dough that has been untouched for years in their room.
Make the idea of packing seem fun. This is a great way to involve the kids and get them on board. This can range from decorating their packing boxes, asking to fill a box with their favorite items and everyone loves playing with bubble wrap!
This is when you should focus purely on moving. Ensure it is slammed out efficiently whenever possible and with limited chance of negative outcomes. If possible, moving house when the kids are preoccupied (school, day care, with friends etc.) is ideal.
Ensure once all essentials are in place at the house that you make the children’s bedrooms as homely as possible. Even ensuring their play things are unpacked for them will assist in making the kids happier.
Also, try to stay calm as your kids can look to you and believe they have no reason to stress.