While many people fear moving with children will be stressful and time consuming, it doesn’t have to be. If children are involved in as many aspects of the moving process along the way, they will most likely embrace the adventure of moving. Simply involving your kids as much as possible will ease their hesitancy and stress. Fun projects, small packing tasks, and even just asking for their aid can all help incorporate your kids in the move. Below are some tips for preparing and exciting your kids for the transition of moving.
Things to Remember:
- Ensure that your children hear the news about moving from you first and as early as possible.
- Talk with your children and share details you think they’ll understand. Make sure to exercise concern and listen to their reactions.
- Remember that children of all ages respond differently to a move. Younger children tend to miss familiar people like a favorite teacher, as well as secure and safe environments like school, church or their bedrooms. While older children, particularly teenagers, tend to miss their friends and others in the community with whom they have strong relationships with.
- Include your children in all aspects of your move, if possible, such as house hunting, planning the move and other age appropriate tasks.
- Have your children pack a special box with their favorite possessions- they can even decorate the box so they can easily identify it in your new residence.
- Involve your children in the decorating and arranging process.
- Encourage your children to take a proper amount of time to say good-bye to friends and to maintain relationships by exchanging contact information.
- Make arrangements to continue your child’s current activities (such as sports, scouts, art or dance classes) in your new community- continuity will make adjusting to the move much easier.
The above tips for moving with children are suggestions for ways to involve your kids with the move and prevent them from becoming maladjusted in their new home. Moreover, letting the kids help pack and house hunt can help you during the busy and sometimes hectic time of moving. After all, everyone needs a little extra help packing up all their belongings. This also makes your kids feel special and needed during the move.
Moving should be a time of excitement and adventure. Following these suggestions will lessen the stress tension of moving, while making moving with children a more rewarding experience for both of you.