Moving home can seem like the end of the world for a child. While the process is relatively difficult for most adults, they have control over moving from A to B. Generally speaking, children completely lack control when it comes to moving home – they simply have to go with their parents and often for reasons that they can’t comprehend – and this can prove problematic in a variety of ways. At least when you’re an adult, you have a relatively large amount of choice in where you move and when you move. You can also keep in touch with your friends more easily, as you have the freedom of heading back to your previous location whenever you have the chance. You also have free access to devices that allow you to keep daily contact with those you left behind. Kids live largely “in-person” seeing their friends at school, clubs, and extracurricular activities, so moving can quite literally mean leaving their nearest and dearest behind. Now, there have been various studies conducted into moving home with children, and the consensus is that you should try to stay put in order to offer them stability. However, there are various ways in which a house move could prove beneficial for them. Perhaps you have been offered a new job that would be able to provide them with a better quality of life, for example. So, if you do plan to move, here are a few ways to make the process as pleasant as possible for your little ones.
Don’t Keep Secrets
So many parents make the drastic mistake of keeping their house move a secret from their kids for fear of upsetting them. Now, you shouldn’t mention a move until you’re sure that you will be undertaking one. But as soon as you are sure, you should let your children know and involve them in the process as much as possible. This will give them time to get used to the idea and perhaps even enthusiastic about it.
Make Moving Day as Smooth as Possible
When the day of the big move comes, you want things to go as smoothly as possible. If possible, make use of professional removalists who will be able to take most of the moving responsibility into their own hands. This will free up your time, allowing you to focus on the kids rather than moving boxes to and fro from trucks.
Introduce Them to Their New Neighbourhood
Once everything has been moved in, you should take the time to introduce your little ones to their new environment. This will help them to feel comfortable in their surroundings and a little more grounded. Emphasise the positives of the area: child-friendly play parks and amenities can get them excited to meet new friends and try out new hobbies.
The key to keeping tears at bay during your house move is to be as open and honest with your little ones as possible at the same time as ensuring that they feel as involved in the process as they can be. So, follow the above advice and all should go swimmingly!