Moving house, especially if you’re moving relatively far away, is potentially one of the most stressful things you can experience in your lifetime.
However, no matter how stressful it is for you, it can be a million times more stressful for your young children, if you’re not properly prepared. This simple guide should assist you in making your children’s transition to their new home a much smoother one.
Before you move
Most people would make the mistake of telling their kids as late as possible about moving house, thinking that it would give them less time to dwell on it. However, this gives your children no time to get used to the idea, and will only result in making them worry more. Instead, you should tell them as soon as possible, and make sure to emphasise the benefits of moving house, like meeting new friends at school, a bigger garden, or a new bedroom to decorate. Getting them excited about moving, by letting them plan how they’re going to decorate their new bedroom, for example, is a much better way of easing their stress than simply not telling them.
It’s also always a good idea to have a day trip to your new town, and show them all of the things they should be excited for when they live there, like a cinema, or a theme park. If you can get access to your new home, show them their new bedroom too.
During the move
In a perfect world, you would be able to have someone look after your little ones on moving day, but that isn’t always possible. Instead, depending on their age, you can give them jobs, like packing away any toys they might still have out, or ensuring that every room is completely empty when you leave. Make sure that your kid’s toy boxes are put into the removal van last, so that they’re the first thing off the van when you arrive at your new place – This is something all house removal companies will be fine with, as long as you let them know. Allow your kids time to say goodbye to their old house, friends, and town, and perhaps take some pictures, to make a scrapbook or keepsake box for them.
The first night in the new home is going to be the worst for your kids, which is why you have to do all you can to make it special for them. Make unpacking their things and getting their room set up a priority, so that they feel more at home, and leave the rest until they’re asleep, or until tomorrow. Ordering a takeaway, getting their favourite, and watching their favourite movie as a family, will all help to relax your child, and make them see that moving house isn’t such a bad thing.
Following these simple steps will make your child feel a lot more at ease about moving house, and will make the first couple of weeks, in particular, a lot less challenging. This leaves only the struggle of unpacking everything else to complete, so it’s time to pour yourself a glass of wine, and get to work, because those boxes won’t unpack themselves.