Moving to a new home, and especially a new location can be sad for you and your family. The day you list your home, you’ll think about all of the memories, your children’s milestones, and more. However, when it’s time for a fresh start, it’s time. Talking to your kids about it can be difficult, so we wanted to guide you through it with some tips on how to prepare your children for a move!
Break the News Early
Skip the whispering and discreet packing, especially if your kids are old enough to grasp the idea of moving. If they find out weeks or months later, chances are you’ll be hit with the eye-roll infused, “when were you going to tell us, mom?”
Once it’s finalized, it’s wise to let your kids know. They’ll want to mentally prepare on their own and maybe even get involved with thoughts and ideas for the new home. Plus, they’ll want to tell their friends sooner than later.
Keep it Positive
Make sure you keep the moving process positive around your kids. You don’t want them getting stressed out or upset about it. For example, if you’re shopping and see a piece of furniture or decor, mention, “this will look so nice in your new room.” This may help get your kids excited about it and forget about what they might be leaving behind.
They’re Allowed to be Upset
Moving is a bittersweet time for everyone in the family. Maybe you’re moving for a new, better job or a better school district. Chances are, the pros will outweigh the cons. However, the kids are going to think about the growth measurement on their door frame, their neighborhood friends, and the fun memories. Experts say it takes about 6 months for a child to completely acclimate to a new lifestyle, so give them time.
Throw a Goodbye Party
If your home was the one that hosted most of the parties, it’s not a bad idea to throw one more! Invite your neighbors, friends, and family to give your home a proper goodbye. After you move, you’ll be able to have a housewarming party to show your kids that not much has changed and life will soon be back to normal.
Let Them Make Decisions
If you bought the home you’re moving into, allow them to make some decisions on their rooms and help with the rest of the house. This will keep things exciting for them. For example, head to a paint store and let them choose a color for their room! (Obviously, you can help shy them away from solid black.) Designing a new room to fit your kids’ personalities and style will encourage them to wipe the tears and smile more during the moving process.
Now Let’s Start Moving!
Daymakers Moving and Storage Company is here to help you move from point A to point B without stress and issues. Fill out a FREE QUOTE form on our website and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Once you’re ready to get the ball rolling, let us know and we’ll be there with our trucks and movers!