It may depend from one child to another or on how far and different their new home is from the previous one but a good talk with your children on what’s up and coming will help make the transition to the new place much easier.
Here are a few of our suggestions on how to prepare your children for the move:
1. Tell them about the coming move and why it’s happening
For adults, transferring from one home to another can get really stressful much more to the children who have loved the home that they have grown up with. One of the ways to lessen the stress would be to tell them why the family has to move and when it is due to happen. You could prepare them by telling the news a month or weeks before you even begin packing so everyone is most likely to be onboard as soon as it’s time to get their stuff ready for the move.
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2. Prepare and pack together as a family
Nothing beats the feeling of accomplishing things as a family! Instead of packing your children’s stuff alone, let them take part in the process by letting them put their toys and clothes in special boxes. Show them how to label those boxes so they know where to look if they need their favourite toy, book or clothes. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to find the things you need with their help!
3. Be excited about the move
Packing may not be as fun as the feel of staying in a new home but you can still make it exciting for the whole family by sharing the things you like about the new home. It could be a nice pool in the garden, bigger playground area in the ground floor of the condo you’ll be transferring to or the proximity of the new home to their school or their favourite mall.
4. Give them a little home tour of the new place before the actual transfer
Take a tour to the new home you’re transferring to a few times before the big day. It will help your children become more familiar with the place so they too can plan with you on how you’re going to fill up the new place with all your stuff.
5. Keep the normal routine
A new home doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change the routine you have in the previous home. If you’re used to watering the plants in the former home, you still could do that with the potted plants you brought with you while the new garden is being completed. They key here is to follow the same routine to make the children warm up to the new home quickly.
6. Celebrate the new home with a small party
No, you don’t need a big party to celebrate the new home. Invite grandpa and grandma along with the other members of the family to officially introduce the place to everyone. Let your children hear some positive comments from the loved ones about the new home so they too can learn to appreciate the charm of their new place.
Other reading essentials to prepare your family for the house move:
My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A workbook for children moving to a new home
Little Critter: We are moving
Moving Day! (Helping Hands Series)
Daniel Meets the New Neighbors (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)