Moving home is very stressful for most adults. It’s a major upheaval, even if you’re looking forward to it. This is equally the case for children, but you can ease the transition for them.
With so much going into a house move, you’re probably already feeling stretched. But there are some simple ways to make it easier for your kids.
Take a look at some simple tips below that don’t require extensive planning but will make the world of difference.
Children aren’t stupid; they’re very receptive to effective communication. However, they do see the world in simpler terms.
Be open with them and talk to them about how they’re feeling. This will help to avoid outbursts or meltdowns and make everyone more comfortable with the move.
Go through the process with them and let them know what to expect on moving day, including timings. This will probably be unlike anything they’ve experienced before, so give them some grace.
Wait to redecorate
You may have promised your child a brand-new room and the opportunity to get a newly decorated space that’s theirs. However, it’s important you don’t overpromise.
Likewise, launching straight into a new environment can be very unsettling. They’re likely to adjust better to a new house if you let them spend some time around the things they recognise. Your new home may not reflect the kind of décor they’re used to, so surrounding them with their own belongings will help.
Even better, look into a new build home as it won’t have signs of previous owners and therefore may not require redecoration as quickly.
Encourage them to get involved with viewings and the planning process. This way, they won’t feel like it’s just happening to them, they’ll feel they’re in more control.
Ask them to organise their things in advance of the move. This is a good opportunity to declutter and donate things they may have grown out of.
It’s also important to try to be patient; they won’t get used to their new home overnight.
Manage your stress
You’re bound to be feeling very overwhelmed at moving house and comforting your child. Along the way, you may have even forgotten to come to terms with the change yourself.
Kids are very intuitive and can sense when adults around them are struggling to keep their emotions in check. By managing your own stress, you’ll also help your kids, so be sure to take some time for self-care.
An underrated part of moving house is finding comfort in moving to the next phase of your life and finding a new adventure with your family. Appreciate some special moments to say goodbye to your last home and welcome your new one.