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Moving can upset children of any age. The chaos of packing and saying goodbye to friends and the familiar comfort of their community can make children feel apprehensive and insecure.
At the new home, children must adapt to a new neighborhood, a new school, and new friends.
There are several things you can do to make the moving experience less scary for your children.
Inform your kids as soon as you know you’re moving. Don’t surprise them at the last minute. In simple terms, let them know why you’re moving. Kids are resilient and the more information you provide them upfront, the better they are able to process the change.
Whether you need more space, you’re relocating because of a new job, or any other reason, be sure to explain what they should expect.
The explanation will help ease any fear and confusion they might be experiencing. Ask them what they think, and try to answer their questions as thoroughly as you can. Children thrive in an environment where they know what to expect.
When explaining to your children about the decision to move, focus on the positive things. Let them know you’re moving to a bigger home or a warmer climate. Tell them about their new school, or fun activities in the area. Help them understand what to expect.
Your own attitude toward the move can have a significant impact on how your children handle the situation.
If you allow your kids to see that you’re stressed or sad about the relocation, your children will likely feel stressed and sad as well. Try to maintain a positive attitude, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
When moving with children, it’s advisable to start packing several weeks earlier than you think is reasonable. When you are moving with kids, it can take you twice as long to pack up your home than you would without them. To avoid last-minute frustrations, be sure to start preparing for the move much earlier.
Also read: How to Prepare for Moving Into a New Home
Another option would be to hire a full-service moving company who could provide the packing service for you, leaving more time for you to spend with friends before you relocate.
As you prepare for your move, it is important to think about the items you will need for you and your children while the moving truck is in transit. This will help ensure a smoother moving experience.
A few suggested items include:
A small toy or stuffed animal
Portable training potty
Important documents (school records, immunization records, birth certificates), etc.
The day the moving truck arrives can be exciting. Kids love large trucks. Take them outside to see the truck and get their photo with it. After they have seen the truck and met the friendly moving crew, have someone take them to a park, or for a fun outing while the professional movers load the moving truck.
Once you get to your new home, try to prepare your children’s areas, such as their bedrooms, before you turn your attention to the rest of the home. Try to maintain your normal schedule for meals and bedtime so your children can have a sense of familiarity.
Moving with young children can present many challenges. If you prepare well by keeping the above tips in mind, the process can be less stressful.
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