Moving with Kids Into A New Home
Moving to a new city or town can be overwhelming if you are moving with kids. Amid the chaos of packing, kids are forced to say goodbye to friends, teachers, and the familiar comfort zone of their neighborhood. It is beneficial to keep kids of any age in the loop of a move whether it be big or small. Consider their feelings of the move and listen to them if they have any questions or concerns about the move. Make them aware that their voice is being heard during this huge life transition.
Have a Family Meeting
As a parent, when you are considering to move to a new town whether it be near or far it is always best to inform your children of what to expect during a move and let them know how they can help. Plan to speak with your children either during or after dinner about moving. Discuss with your children about the future plans of moving and allow them to ask questions such as, Why are we moving? When are we moving? And where are we moving to? Try to give them as much information about the move as soon as possible. Answer questions completely and truthfully, and be receptive to positive and negative reactions. Kids don’t always understand what is happening and may be focused on the frightening aspects of the move.
Introduce Your Kids to the New Home
When you find the perfect home to move into and you are moving with kids it is a good idea to bring them to the new home and allow them to explore the new living space. This is important especially to younger children who would be more susceptible to fear and anxiety during a move of any kind.
Host a “See You Soon” Party for your Kids
One of the hardest things about moving with kids is having to help them say goodbye to their classmates and close friends. Instead of having them say goodbye to each individual person, host a ‘See You Soon’ party. This gives your children the opportunity to see all their friends and family members one last time before embarking on the move to the new home.
Pack Kids Boxes Last
When you are moving with kids, it is important to make your children feel that they are coming first during the move. That being said, tell whoever is helping you move to pack your child’s belongings last. So, when you arrive at your new home, your child’s belongings are the first things that are unloaded from the truck. Your child can take those boxes to their new room and start making a mark in the new house right away.
Stick to the Routine
Unpacking all your possessions from boxes can be time consuming but when you are moving with kids it is best to stick to the same routine. Have dinner together and scheduling out family time tells your children that nothing has changed since moving. Your children will see that even though the scenery has changed the routines are still the same. This will help your child adjust more easily to the new home knowing that they are not totally uprooted.
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