Moving to a new home is a challenging, time-consuming, and attention-demanding process that requires much time, effort, and attention to detail. And relocating with a child increases the difficulty and complexity of the relocation experience.
The following tips will simplify the moving process for you and your kids.
1. Discuss the Move
The first step when moving with kids is to discuss the upcoming move with them. You must share the news so that everyone understands what will happen. Make the relocation as exciting and positive as possible when talking about it.
Moving to a new home can be scary for those who don’t fully understand it. So, when telling your kids that the family is moving, make it easy for them to understand. For toddlers and preschoolers, it’s best to use more straightforward language. Consider using toys to act out a moving scenario.
Young children might appreciate books describing moving or having a main character going through a move. If your kids are young, read the stories to them. If they are older and read them independently, provide time to talk about their feelings about moving.
No matter the child’s age, they will probably have questions and concerns about this significant life change, so always be available to talk about their worries.
Give your children enough time and space to process the big news.
2. Provide Kids With Options
A sense of control over one’s life is essential for children. If they lack it, they are more prone to showing signs of stress and acting out.
If possible, let your kids pick their rooms and let them choose paint colors and decorations.
Your kids will feel like they have a stake in the move if you let them make some decisions and participate with you.
3. Unpack Your Kid’s Rooms First
While it may be tempting to start unpacking the rest of the house first, you should let your kids have their own spaces. Then, set up a safe place for them to play or settle in while you unpack the rest of the house.
Unpack the house in a way that won’t interfere with the kids’ rooms. Install gates or other safety measures to keep small children out of hazardous areas.
4. Set Up a Routine
Routines are essential to children, so start following mealtimes and bedtimes as soon as possible. If you can’t stick to the same schedule as you had, try timing it according to daylight.
Once your kids see that life isn’t so different, they will feel more relaxed. However, it may take you a few weeks to adapt your routine to everyone.
5. Keep In Touch With Family and Friends
Soon after your move, check in with your family members. Call neighbors and friends to tell them you have moved into your new home and reestablish contact.
It will help the kids keep connections to their old lives if you use FaceTime or Zoom to get in touch with and show family and friends your new home.
6. Discover Your New Neighborhood
Take advantage of any opportunities you have to explore. Kids love adventures, especially if you can break the experiences into manageable steps.
Do a little at a time instead of taking long walks or drives. For example, explore the yard one day and walk down the street the next. Help facilitate making new friends in their new community.
Make the kids feel at home by showing them what you see.
Contact us for a free quote or to schedule your move. Let us help manage your relocation, so you have more time to help your family adjust.