There are many things you need to think about when you’re moving. Even without kids, the process is stressful and overwhelming. However, if you’re a parent facilitating a move with children, you are aware of the many different things you need to handle at once. While it can be a complex process to juggle your own emotions and your child’s, it is not impossible. Here are just a few tips for moving with your children to get you started.
- Be Aware Of Your Child’s Emotions
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is assuming that your child will react to the move the same way you do. They will likely be sad saying goodbye to their home and surroundings, so make sure you acknowledge that. Give them ample time and space to grieve, and don’t pressure them to feel differently until they are ready. Have conversations about why they might be sad, nervous, or upset. If necessary, seek counseling for them but remain patient with their emotions as they work through them.
- Visit Before The Move
Making your child familiar with the new home, schools, area, and town is a great way to curb their anxiety about the move. Take them on visits to their new schools, so they’re familiar with their new teachers and have a chance to make friends before their first day. This allows them time to prepare mentally before the move and feel ready for the new things to come.
- Let Them Be Involved With The Decision-Making
This step is vital because it allows your child to feel somewhat in control of the process. Simple things like decor shopping, paint choices, and even packing can make them feel involved in the process. Even small things like letting them choose which box their items get packed in can make a world of difference.
- Stick To Their Routine
The unfamiliar can be scary, especially for children. Try to stick to a routine as often as possible and don’t change things drastically without giving them a warning. Don’t pack things prematurely if you can help it, and try to save their belongings until last in the packing process, especially their room. That way, they will still have a sense of familiarity while the other parts of the house continue to change.
- Make The Experience As Positive As Possible
You know your child better than anyone else. Try to make the process of moving positive by keeping them entertained and participating in the things they enjoy, even if those things have moved to a new space.
With these tips, you should be able to make a move as easy as possible for you and your child. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Let Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beazley, REALTORS® assist you in your big decisions. Ask one of our agents here how they can help you prepare for your next lifestyle choice.