Guest Post: Preparing Your Children For Moving House

Monday, February 26, 2018

Moving home is a stressful period at any time, but when you add children into the mix it suddenly becomes a whole lot more challenging. Depending on their age, they may or may not understand what is going on, so when it comes to packing up all of their belongings and putting it in the back of a van, it can present its own set of challenges to the children.
Many of us have been there before as a child growing up, feeling as though our parents are dragging us away from our friends – everything that we know. If you think the move is stressful for you then it’s going to be ten times worse for the kids, which is why you should do what you can to put them at ease.
Clearly Explain What is Happening
Young children probably won’t understand what is going on and it can be incredibly unsettling seeing their whole lives packed away into boxes. When you come to the decision to move home, speak to the children about it. While you shouldn't approach the situation in a way that makes the child believe they have a say as to whether the family moves or not, you should be open to listening to their concerns.
Explain the decision to move and where you will be looking to move to. It is at this point that you will probably have to reassure them that they will be better for the move and that they will still be able to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones, depending on how far you are moving.
Include Children on House Views
Try to include them in the process of moving as much as possible, and one such way is by inviting them to house viewings. This way, they can offer their own opinion on a new home and, when it comes to moving, it won’t be so much as a move into the unknown for them.
Whether you opt for rented accommodation or look at buying, such as by looking at a property for sale by auction, viewing the property before making a concrete offer is important. You wouldn’t move into a place that you haven’t seen before, so why expect the same of children?

Give Children the Opportunity to say Goodbye
Once all of the arrangements have been made and finalised, determine a moving day well in advance and tell the children when this is. This way, you give the children time to say goodbye not just to their friends in the local area, but to the house as well – after all, they have made a lot of happy memories here.
This period allows children to come to terms with the change that is happening and, while it may not completely sink in until once everything has been moved, it should help to put them at ease.
Encourage Children to Pack their Belongings
Continuing with the theme of getting the children involved as possible with the move, parents should encourage children (of an appropriate age, of course) to pack their own belongings. Not only does this teach a valuable lesson in taking care of one's belongings, but it also lets them pack away at their own speed.
When children feel involved, rather than simply taking a back seat and watching on, they should feel more comfortable with what is happening as they have taken a certain element of control over their own packing. When events are unfolding around you and you have no control over them, it is enough to make anyone feel uneasy.
With all of the above ticked off, your children will be ready for moving day – with all that is left is to unpack and make your new house feel like a home.
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