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Moving house is up near the top of the list of the most stressful experiences you can go through. Add children into the mix, and it becomes even more exhausting and traumatic. On paper, it doesn’t sound so bad. But once you realize the emotions that are involved with relocating, packing up, organizing the whole move and starting afresh, it can certainly be a demanding time. Children are used to a routine and when that changes it can leave them feeling anxious. Here are some top tips on how to make it a smoother move when relocating with the kids. For lots more home tips you can follow this click too.
Talk To Them About Why You’re Moving
Keep your children in the loop through every aspect of the move. Call a family meeting and sit down and have a big conversation about the positive benefits of moving. It may be a bigger garden or better bedrooms for the kids. It might be that you can tell them there is a really lovely school or lots of opportunities to make new friends. Listen to their concerns about moving and address their feelings with love. They may be scared or anxious and also upset about leaving their friends. Assure them that they will not lose touch with their friends and that you can return for visits.
Make A Wish List
Get every family member to create a wish list of things they would like in the new home (within budget!) Your little girl may want a pink princess bedroom which will be easy enough to execute. Perhaps an adolescent boy may want a TV in his room or perhaps a soccer net in the garden. Obviously, let them know that not everything on the wish list will come true immediately. But there are possibilities. At this stage let your children plan out their new rooms as well. They could choose paint colors and wallpaper samples, and also new bedding and some accessories or lights. Make them feel that they are an important part of the choices being made.
Joining In The Packing
Get your children, to pack their own boxes. Make it a fun chore by teaching them to use big boxes for their soft toys and lighter items and smaller boxes for their heavy stuff. Let them loose with the sharpies, colored labels and bubble wrap. And when you get to your new house let them open their boxes first. Let the local moving company know to pack their boxes last so that they can come out first. Your kids will feel more secure knowing they have their all important stuff around them on these first few nights in a new house.
Do A Recce Of The Area
Before moving is completed make sure to visit your new area with the children on a few occasions. Pick out some fun activities to do on these days. Maybe a picnic and bike ride in the local park. Or a trip to an art workshop or an ice-cream parlor. Scope out what kind of activities are on offer for children. This will get them more excited about relocating. Also, make sure your children visit their new school before they start. This will make them feel far less anxious. Treat them to some new stationery and lunch boxes for their new start too. Remember that little people aren’t as seasoned as us adults when it comes to change.