Moving from one house to another can be a difficult if not properly conducted and planned for. Moving can be more stressful when children are involved because of the effort that has to be put in to ensure the move is less traumatic. Here are some of the ways to make the move from one house to another with the children less difficult.
Involve the children in preparation before the move
Because children are sensitive to moving, the parent should make sure that the child is involved with most of the steps of moving. This can be done by taking the children for house hunting in the region where the parent wants the new house. The parent should familiarize the children with the surrounding; this can be done physically or online. This will make the children more comfortable when they move to the new surroundings and will make them cope more easily.
Maintain familiar routines and property
Once the move to a new house with the children is done, ensure that the normal routines that are conducted previously involving the children are continued. This makes the child easily adapt to the environment as they are performing actions that they are already used to. The parents should also not make their children throw out their property that was contained in the previous house; these materials are what will help the children familiarize with the new surroundings. Getting familiarized to the new place will easily make moving less off a strain.
Make the move fun
Making the move fun will ease the emotional burden that will come with moving for the children. This can be done by making activities such as yard sales before the move and allowing the children to keep the money to themselves. This will make the moving more interesting rather than stressful and emotional. Once the move is made the parents can also hold a party and welcome the neighbors, this will make socializing between the children and the people around them more easy and thus create the experience of moving a memorable one rather than a traumatic one.
Lead emotionally by example
Because children easily learn from watching others, especially older people, it’s important that the parents are enjoying the move so that the children can easily adapt the emotion and see what makes the move enjoyable. It is also important that the parent always give the children a shoulder to lean on when they are depressed about the move, because they will know that their parents or guardians have their back even when they move to a new territory. Having a stable emotional base will certainly ease the burden of moving from one are to another.
Read about moving house with children
Getting information about how to deal with children when moving will go a long way to help in knowing what to do when moving becomes stressful and how to handle such situations. Children of different ages handle moving differently and all these children should be handled differently. Reading and acquiring ways on how to cope with different behaviors and emotions that children express makes moving less of a burden. To find out more about moving with children have a look at kids health.org for some great info and tips.
Involve family friends on the move
Involving family friends on the move will make the children feel like their family friends will not forget them because they have moved. Help from family friends will ease the actual physical burden as they can move things easily and faster relieving children off the physical stress. Family friend make the process more fun because they will be creating the first new experiences in the new place together. The parents should also involve the children and the family friends in fun activities that will ease the tension of moving and make the process memorable.
Unpack familiar objects first
Unpacking familiar objects first has been found to create ease with children settling in. This is more important in areas such as the bedroom where the kids spend most of their time. Things such as posters, artifacts and drawings that was carried from the previous house are what make moving into a new are more easy and comfortable. Though the familiar objects may remind the child of the previous place, it also brings the feeling of familiarity with the new house.