Moving home is a huge stress on the entire family especially if you have kids as part of the process. It can also be an extremely stressful time for your kids. Here are some things to help you out when moving into your new home.
Plan your move
It is important to include the kids in the moving process. Let them know when moving day is and what they should expect. They are also moving out of their home, and it is important to manage their feelings and fears for the move. If possible, take them to the new house so they can see where they will be living and get excited about the change.
Keep the idea of moving positive, talk about the positive aspects of moving and try to exclude them from the stress of it all. If they are moving into a new area, let them say goodbye to their friends in the area so they have closure. This will also decrease the amount of anxiety they feel about the change.
If it is possible, organise for family or friends to look after your kids on moving day. This will mean you have one less thing to worry about on the day. When packing make sure you have access to all the items your children will need e.g. nappies, medication, blankets, pyjamas etc. It is a good idea to pack an overnight bag for each of the children so that they have all the essentials handy.
Get older children involved in the process; this is a great way to keep them feeling positive about the move and also for them to give you a helping hand. Let them be in charge of packing their items, so they can understand the process and learn from it.
Keep snacks and drinks handy so you don't need to worry about finding food and drinks on the day for the kids.
The new house
As this is a new environment your kids may not know the safe areas to play. Make sure you take them around the home and outline the best places to play and also point out any potential hazards.
To reduce the anxiety of the new home, set up a routine from day one, show them around the new neighborhood and talk to them about the new house and the changes.