-Written by Andie Millerov
Whether it’s a few blocks away or across the country, moving to a new place with unfamiliar surroundings can be nerve-racking. Many adults may experience that uneasy feeling as they prepare to move and envision how they will settle in. Now, imagine that feeling from a child’s perspective. No matter your child’s age, moving can be tough for them. Consider the suggestions below to help them adjust to the idea and help you breathe easier.
Give them time – Springing a move on your kids, even if your new destination is only a few minutes away, can lead to overwhelming feelings to arise. Take the time you need to figure out a gentle way to break the news, but try to give as much notice as possible so they have plenty of time to process the change before it happens. Be sure to answer questions and address any concerns they may have.
Introduce the movers – When the movers arrive on the big day, take a moment to introduce them to your kids. Doing so will establish trust and reassure them that their most treasured possessions are in capable hands.
Get to know your new neighbors – Depending on how long you lived at your old house, you and your family may have formed relationships with neighbors. Make an effort to do so at your new house if possible, showing your kids that a new house means new connections!
Get them excited about their new room – Be sure your child is involved in unpacking their own belongings and let them get creative in how they set up their bedroom and play areas – with your help, of course.
Keep in touch with old neighbors and friends – As you get settled in your new home, carve out some time to help your child write a letter to a friend or old neighbor telling them about their new house. Better yet, ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, or family friends to send a letter to your child. Everyone loves happy mail, and it’s bound to brighten their day to receive something at their new address.
Explore – Take a break from unpacking and go on a bike ride or walk with the kids through your new neighborhood. Or, if the weather is nice, pack a simple picnic and find a nearby park to enjoy it at. It’s important to take a break from the chaos to unwind and spend time together.
Repurpose your boxes – Once you’ve unpacked, use some of the boxes to create box costumes! The kids will love getting creative.
Be enthusiastic – The more positive you remain during the whole move experience, the more confident your children will feel about the change. Show them you are ready for this new adventure, and they will be too!
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