It goes without saying that moving is a stressful time for anyone. That stress is often compounded when kids are added to the mix. Moving can often feel daunting, uncomfortable, and foreign to children since they are powerless against the impending change.
This isn’t incredibly surprising, as kids tend to have a more difficult time adapting to changes in their routine. But don’t fret. We have plenty of moving tips to ease the stress and help your children transition to a new home environment easier.
It is important to keep in mind that your attitude and level of communication can often set the stage for the initial relocation conversation with your kids. As in many life situations, communication is key. Once you solidify your plans to move, set up a family meeting in a comfortable environment. Order a pizza or whip up your kid’s favorite meal. Over dinner share the news with them, keeping in mind that a positive outlook is always helpful. Present the move as an exciting adventure the whole family can take part in. It also helps to encourage your children to express their concerns or feelings about the upcoming move to your new townhome in Lehigh Valley, and share your positive memories of your first move.
Allowing kids to take an active role in this change also tends to cut down on possible meltdowns. Get them excited about mapping out their room in the new house. Discuss specific decorations or colors they’d love to see the walls painted. These types of activities make the move feel more like a choice for your kids, turning a potential stressor into a fun art project. It also helps to let them know you’ll be depending on them to help out with some of the pre-move activities, such as packing and setting up the new house.
If you are just moving across town it also helps to try and visit the new home with your children. If they will be attending a new school as well, make sure to stop by their new classroom to meet their teacher and peers. Additionally, you can explore the new neighborhood to up the excitement level. Take the kids out to a local ice cream parlor in your new neighborhood, check out the nearest playground, or visit a toy shop around the corner from your new home. Find a place that will feel comfortable and fun for them. This is just another way to ensure the transition is more seamless. If you are unable to visit due to distance, show the kids some snapshots of the new home and discuss the neighborhood’s entertainment options.
Often it helps top plan a moving sale with the kids. Encourage them to go through their items and make a pile of things they no longer use or need. You can motivate them by crafting a goal to get the children excited about organizing items for the move. The proceeds of a yard sale could go to anything from a big screen TV or a pizza party to a new pet for the new house. The more invested the entire family is in the end goal, the better.
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