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Going to a new house in a new location with kids in tow isn’t the easiest task to manage. You have to coordinate a lot with a house move, and that’s before you consider the fact that you have to move all the children, pack all their things, get them into new schools and after school activities, make sure they’re comfortable with their new area and ensure you have an easy commute to work. It’s a lot of work, and most people don’t think about the positives that are involved – only the negatives.
It doesn’t have to be stressful to get the whole family ready to move to a new home, and if you can make it less stressful for your children as well as yourself, then surely that’s what you’d do? Getting yourself organized is easy enough with time and some efficiency, as well as the help and support of an affordable local mover. Getting the children mentally prepared for what’s to come is the harder challenge – so it’s best to get ahead of the game to make the whole process as relaxing as possible. With all of that in mind, take on board these next four tips to make your house move the relaxing process you’d dream to have.
Go and Visit. Moving house is something slightly more different to uprooting to a new location entirely. So, if you’re planning to move to a new area, get everyone on a little road trip and go and have a wander around the new neighborhood. Get to know the local markets and shops as well as the notable attractions. The whole idea here is to work closely together and make it fun and the new normal. If children see your excitement, they’re more likely to mirror it.
Be Open With Your Plans. The art of conversation is lost on little kids, as they just don’t have the attention span to look too deeply into it. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t chat to them often about the upcoming changes. It doesn’t matter how far ahead you are, talk about your wishes and plans so that they know what to expect.
Give Them Responsibility. Children need guidance and direction, which means that they need a focus to keep them calm. Give them some creative licence over their bedroom and let them choose their colour scheme and decor. You won’t regret letting them choose their own accessories, because it’s a nice way to get them involved in the whole house move.
Watch and Wait. Take some time to stand back and look for the negative reactions in their behaviour. If you know the things to look for, such as grades changing in school, becoming shy where they were extroverted previously, becoming aggressive – each of these behavioural changes can really have an effect on their own small world and you need to be aware of it.
Moving house with children doesn’t have to be too difficult if you get on their behaviour early. Get them involved and make it a family affair!