Adding children into the equation of moving home can make the day seem even more daunting, no matter what age they are! What is needed is some forward planning and a level head and it should help the experience a positive one, for you and for them.You should talk to your children once you know the move is definitely happening. Let them know where you are moving to and let them know why you are moving. It may be a bigger house to give them more room or to be nearer relatives, whatever the reason try and put a positive spin on it and make it sound like a big adventure. Try and take them out to see the new house and the surrounding area as many times as possible, so they cannot build a picture up in their heads of it being a bad place. Leaving it to the day of the move may seem like you are trying to hide something from them. It may be that after you explain about the move they change the subject on to something else but be prepared for future questions and ensure you spend as much time as possible listening and answering questions.When it comes to the day of the move it is best to try and keep your children in their normal routine as much as possible. Before taking them to nursery, school or relatives, take them around the house to say goodbye. This may seem a little odd to you but it will signify to your child that you really are moving and this is the end of living in this house. Once you get to your new house you can do the reverse and introduce them to all the rooms and talk about where they will sleep and where things can go around their room and the house. If you are moving over a weekend ask a relative or friend to help out with childcare, you don’t want them getting in the way or getting bored while you are trying to sort everything out. The move could be the time for them to get a treat to visit the zoo or the cinema, something to give them an enjoyable day. Unpacking will be very busy but try and sort out their room first, ensure that their favourite toy is at hand, their bed is made and it is ready for the night. You can leave items out so they can help find a place for them, this will let them feel involved in the moving process.Try and either have food available to eat in the house in the evening or plan somewhere to go out. The last thing you need is a hungry child on top of everything else, it will be a big day for them so try and keep to their routine as best as possible when it comes to dinner and bed times. Once you have moved in then take some time to be out in the garden, the street and the surrounding area with your children. This way they will meet the neighbours and other children that live round about and give them a sense of belonging in their new home. No matter where you move to it may take a few weeks for everything to settle down but plan ahead to try and make it an easier process for everyone.
Moving to a New Home with Children
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