Moving house is undoubtedly one of the many stressful events that occur throughout life. Similarly, children of all ages can find moving house just as stressful due to many changes that they might not have encountered before. It’s a lot for them to wrap their head around.
Be sure to include children in the entire process of the move, talking about the move before, during and afterwards so they become familiar with what to expect.
Changing routine for a young child can be upsetting for them. They’ll need to say goodbye to neighbours, friends and family they may not get to see anymore, as well as the play spots they are used to visiting. It’s important not to overlook the emotional side of moving for children and pets alike.
The best way to get your children on board with the move is to share the adventure with them, get them excited for the move by pointing out all the fun new things to come! If you’re moving locally, it may be a good idea to drive past the house with them so they get a better idea of it. Otherwise if you’re moving a fair distance away, see if you can familiarise your children with the new neighbourhood via the internet.
Leaving your child with a babysitter on moving day is highly recommended, however if you must have them with you, remember to involve them by giving out small tasks that will help them feel included and important.
Be sure to keep favourite toys on hand, be honest and open with them throughout the moving process and allow them to explore the new neighbourhood, its’ parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.
All these tips will help your children transition into their new lives ahead and help to reduce some of the angst that comes with moving.
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