8 Tips to Moving with Kids«« Move For Hunger Resources April 9, 2015 | 4:53 pm |
Moving to a new home can be an exciting time. But for a child, it can be anything but fun. Leaving friends and family behind can cause some serious anxiety for the youngest movers. But parents can breathe a sigh of relief, there are ways to help your child ease into their new home. Here’s tips on how to make the move as smooth as possible for your little ones.
Have a Family Pow Wow:
Kids like to feel included in family decisions. As soon as you are sure of your decision to relocate, call a family meeting to talk about the big change. Order some pizza, put on some of their favorite music and make the kids feel as comfortable as possible to spring the news on them. Explain the reason for the move (job, new house, etc) and play up the new location as much as possible. Also, talk about your own experiences moving as a kid to make them feel at ease with the change. Let them know that you’re depending on them for help with the move, which will in turn make them feel needed and generate excitement for the new home.
Get Them Involved:
With such a big life change, children need to feel that their input is important too. Get their thoughts on possible new homes to show them that you value their opinion. If you’re moving to a new city, take a virtual tour online of all that it has to offer to your family. Also, keep them up to date on the process of the move, kids like to be kept in the loop and making them part of the decision can help smooth the transition.
Purge Before Packing:
Moving is the perfect time to clean out and donate items that are no longer needed. Kids can take part in the purge by going through their toys, setting asides ones they no longer play with. Explain that these toys will be donated another child that isn’t as fortunate as they are, thus giving them a sense of accomplishment. Ask them to box up the important things first, and then what is left over can be donated or sold. Be sure to set aside a box or two for special mementos they want to keep and explain that these will never have to be donated.
Have Them Design & Decorate:
To get your kids excited about a new room, get them involved in the design process. Ask them to pick out the paint, bedding and window dressings to help them feel like it’s truly their own. If you have teenagers, give them a budget and set them loose to design their own pad. Having a new room exactly the way they want it gives kids a sense of creativity and independence, and also helps you with the decoration process.
Get ‘Em Packing:
Depending on the age of your children, they can most likely help with the packing process. Give them boxes, tape and a marker so they can pack up their room as they want. Have them mark their boxes with what’s inside to make it easier to unpack and set aside one box for them to open first. This first box should have all of their special things, which will make them feel at ease at the new home while you are busy settling in.
Throw a Party:
Instead of saying “Goodbye”, opt for a “See You Soon” party. Goodbyes are always hard for kids, so if you emphasize the fact that they will see their friends again, it helps with the separation. Make sure to exchange contact information at the party so they are able to stay in touch. With email, video chats and instant messaging, your kids can see their friends whenever they want.
Bust Out the Fanny Pack:
Once you’ve arrived in your new place, become a tourist and check out all the local sights and sounds. Get your kids’ input on what sights to see, pack a bag and head to see what your new hometown has to offer. Engaging the kids in the area attractions will help them be excited about the new surroundings.
Despite the excitement of a new house, children can take a while to warm up to their new digs. Finding new friends and being in a new school can be overwhelming, even causing anxiety in some children. Remember to be patient with your kids and listen to their concerns with the new place. It may take a while, but your children will learn to love the new surroundings, turning your house into a home.