Moving house is stressful for adults, but it can be even more so for children. Regressive behaviors such as thumb sucking and bed wetting can occur, as well as a change in mood such as becoming upset or angry. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do it, and often a house move is done with children in mind to give them a nicer home, better school or more space. But it’s worth being aware that as well as being difficult for you, it can be even harder for them. Here are some of the ways you can make it a little easier, and help them settle quickly into the new place.
Talk To Them About The Move
In advance of the move, let children know what will be happening. This gives them time to adjust and understand rather than springing it on them at the last minute. Speak about the move in a positive and upbeat way, and where possible don’t let children see you getting frustrated about any of the aspects of the move.
Say ‘Goodbye’ To The Old House
Saying goodbye to the old house will help the to develop closure. They’re less likely to see the move as temporary or want to go ‘home’ to the old property. Once this is done, take them on a tour of the new one. Show them each room, explaining what everything which will allow them to understand this is where they will now be living.
Moving is a stressful time, in fact, it’s stated to be one of the most stressful things you can go through in your life. But trying to avoid stressing around children is important. If they’re already a bit nervous or worried, this is going to make the situation worse. Ideally, you will have someone looking after any children or pets on moving day itself until everything has been transported from A to B. This means you do not have to keep a constant eye on them, they’re not in the way and are out of the way of any potential dangers.
Get Them Excited About Their New Room
A new room can be a big change for a child. It’s likely they’ve only known one other room in their life so this brand new space can be a little overwhelming. If this is the case, you could try getting them excited about it. Tell them they can choose the color for the walls, and tell them they can pick out some new items to go in there. Before going to bed the first night, make an effort to get their room feeling a little more homely and comforting. Make up the bed with their sheets and bring out a few of their favorite cuddly toys. This will instantly make everything feel more familiar. You could put the families bedding and any items needed for the first night into a separate box. Label this carefully to go somewhere you will be able to find it. Moving companies will be happy to transfer boxes into the correct rooms for you.
Explore The Local Area
Once you’ve made the move, you could take children to explore the local area. Take them to fun places like parks and play centers which will allow them to see the new area in a positive way.