Moving home can be incredibly stressful. Add small children into the mix and you’re in for a hectic day of tears, tantrums and trauma. That is, if you’re unprepared… Don’t forget, moving house is a big change for a child, but with a ‘moving plan’ you can ensure that your children are as prepared as possible for the big day.
1. Tell them
Whilst it may seem obvious, keeping your children in the loop ahead of the big move can often be overlooked. Young children in particular may not fully understand what ‘moving’ means. Explaining what’s happening early on gives them the opportunity early on to ask questions and raise concerns. Moving is a huge deal for children too, so ensure you take them to see the new property and point out all the positives before your move.
2. Involve them
Involving children in the house hunting process will help them feel included. Take them with you to the viewing and ask for their options. After all, it’s a big change for them as well so they need to picture themselves in the new home just as much as you do.
3. Get there early
If possible, try to get to the new house before the movers. This will give children a chance to explore the empty house and view their rooms as a clean slate for them to make their own. If you’re moving with really small children, try to enlist the help of a friend of a family member to look after them while you unpack.
4. Let them pack
If they’re old enough, get them involved in the packing. Put them in charge of packing up their own room by providing clearly labelled boxes for them to fill. You can even use this as an opportunity to clear out some clutter and get rid of old toys and clothes that your child has outgrown.
Even if your new home is just a 10 minute drive away, the new house is going to feel like a brand new area for a child. Make some time ahead of the move to take your child there to explore. Have a stroll through the nearest park and stop off for a hot chocolate or milkshake at your new local cafe. Giving your children a chance to explore their future neighbourhood will help them to feel more at home on moving day and could even get them excited about the new adventure.
Finally, make sure you celebrate the move! That impromptu living room picnic with your child’s favourite takeaway could become their first fond memory of their new home.