If your family is moving soon and you have young kids, chances are you have additional stress and concern about the situation. You love your kids and want them to be happy and excited, but sometimes children have a difficult time transitioning to a new home. Listed below are some great tips to help your sons and daughters embrace the idea of a new place to live.
Communicate from the beginning. Depending on your kids’ ages, you will need to adjust how you announce the big news, and how much detail you provide them. Too much information can overwhelm younger kids, but it’s best to let them know well in advance what’s happening.
Set the idea of moving in a positive light from the beginning and break the news creatively. A surprise cake that says, “We’re Moving!” or a scavenger hunt leading to a “secret’ message about the move sets a tone of celebration and adventure, perfect for building up positive anticipation.
Provide clear expectations. Once the kids know what’s happening, they may experience feelings of worry and sadness or even fear. Let them know what they can expect, explain the moving process, paying special attention to how their things will be cared for in the move.
Let your children know what’s also expected of them, that there are ways they can help with the move. If possible, have your children join in the search, or take videos of properties you view to show later. Give your kids a voice, Mom and Dad may have a final say, but when kids get a vote too, they’re less likely to feel left out.
Keep to family routines. Children thrive when they know what to expect, this is the biggest benefit of a regular routine. If they know what’s next, kids are less likely to feel stressed. As much as possible keep to regular nap times, dinner hours and regular chores. If a change is needed, provide clear communication and expectations, let your children know once the move is done family routines will return, the chaos of moving is a temporary one.
Involve the whole family in preparing to move. Little hands may not be best for packing the china, but they can help pack their own belongings. This could be an excellent time to introduce the idea of donating toys and books a child has outgrown. Letting them choose what to keep will help them retain a sense of control within the situation.
Once you know where and when you’re moving, keep a calendar of important dates noted.
As moving day approaches, assign tasks to each member, create a checklist and mark them when done. Review photos or a floor plan of your new home and plan together what will go where.
BONUS TIP: Create a special box with each child which they can paint and decorate, then pack up their favorite items come moving day. Let this special box travel with them so they can unpack it once at your new home. Keeping familiar treasures close by will help young ones feel more secure in their new surroundings.
When moving with young kids, be a positive role model and aim to give a bit more forbearance when emotional days occur for either the kids or yourself. Discover more tips for moving with kids at Parents.com. When it’s time to buy a home, you want it to be a stress-free and easy process. With a local, experienced Realtor® you can buy with confidence. The Driscoll Properties Team is ready to help you from beginning to end, you can rely on us. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.