Moving is a stressful time for you but it can be worse on your kids. They may not fully understand what is going on other than knowing that they’re moving away from their friends, maybe starting a new school, etc. It is important that you help your kids adjust to the move before and after it takes place.
Tell them early. Don’t wait until the last minute. Kids of all ages will need time to process that they’re moving. Telling them early will also give you more time to answer any questions that they have throughout the process and help combat their stress or calm their nerves as the move gets closer.
Show them the new house. If possible, take them to the new home before you move so they can see what it is like; this will take some of the unknown out of the move. Also take that time to explore the new surroundings and find some good restaurants, stores, parks, etc that you can all look forward to going to. If they are moving schools this would also be a good time to look into visiting their new school.
Get them involved. One thing that you can do to try and make the process easier for your kids is to let them help pick out the paint color for their room, or let them pick some decorations, fun piece of furniture, etc. If they can help choose something new for their new room then it will help give them something to look forward to about the move.
Help them say goodbye. For younger kids it would be good to have scheduled play dates in the weeks leading up to the move. For older kids you can help them to organize a going away party with all of their friends.
Don’t forget to have fun. Having fun is not only good for your kids but it is also good for you. These fun times will help to give you some enjoyable, relaxing family time and just take a little break from packing, planning the move, etc. These fun activities can even just be taking time to play games or having movie nights.
One more tip is to hire a professional moving company to help take some of the stress out of moving. So if you’re still looking for a professional moving company then give us a call at Parma Movers today to schedule a free in-home survey!
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Author: Samantha Barkley