Moving with Kids
May 18th, 2014
For most adults, moving into a new home often calls for champagne, photos and much excitement. However, for many children, the concept of changing locations can prove to be a traumatic and taxing experience both mentally and physically. Fortunately there are several steps one can take to ease the transition, and minimise the stress surrounding children and moving. Check out our list of tips below.
Moving with children of all ages
Be inclusive - Regardless of your child’s age, it is always important to be inclusive when planning all aspects of move. Ensuring this will help them feel more comfortable and confident about the change in its entirety. A good idea is to encourage their participation in the house hunting process, or the search for new sports clubs, schools and recreational activities available at the new location. Visiting the new home with your child before the move, or allowing them to take part in the packing process (if they’re old enough) can also engender excitement and provide an enriching experience.
Be receptive - Your child’s reaction (both positive and negative) towards different components of the moving process often provides a useful measure of how they are coping with the move as a whole. Observing these reactions and encouraging them to verbalise their opinions can help you identify where re-assurance is needed and where further explanations are required. Remember to always treat your child’s feelings with respect and tactfulness, even when you can’t accommodate their requests.
Moving with toddlers
Read stories – Reading or telling a story about moving will help your toddler understand the basic principals as well as provide an idea of what to expect on the moving day. For simplicity, it may be useful to relate back to certain events or characters in the story when questions are asked.
Pack a special box – Help your toddler pack a box filled with their favourite possessions, as well as treasured items belonging to the old home. Be sure to also include any items they might need as soon as they arrive at the new home, such as their toothbrush, towels, pyjamas and pillows. When you arrive, unpack the box with them and help them assign new places for their belongings. Knowing where all their favourite items are will help calm the nerves.
Consider a babysitter – On the moving day, it may be useful to organise a baby sitter for your toddler. This will ensure that they are clear and safe from any of the dangers presented when moving heavy furniture. It also provides you with extra time to focus on all the final elements of the move.
Moving with school-aged children
Keep a positive outlook – Children often adopt the same attitude reflected by their parents or guardians, so be mindful when talking and sharing ideas about the move. A good approach is to always keep a positive but frank attitude. Remember overselling the concept can leave room for disappointment, so share your feelings of excitement and adventure, but also admit to the negatives when they arise.
Plan for the holidays – To avoid burdening your child with the stress from both school and the move, aim to organise the departure date during school holidays or before/after any critical examination periods. A relaxed mind and a clear conscious will help them better comprehend all aspects of the move, and their new surroundings.
Let them help- On the moving day, allow your child to help out. It may be as simple as having them keep watch over the family pet or assisting you with a final room check.
Moving with teenagers
Throw a see you soon party – Organising a ‘see you soon’ party for your teenager and their close friends is a good way to help them to say goodbye before changing locations. Let them use this occassion as an opportunity to exchange contact information and reminisce about favourite events and people.
Let them plan their room – Give your teenagers the freedom to pick and plan elements of their room, such as the wall paint, furniture, curtains and linen. If you’re thinking of purchasing new furniture and they are interested, take them with your, or give them a budget and let them do the shopping.
For any more advice on moving, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at CBS Property.
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