Moving to a new house is a big deal no matter what your age, but children especially can be overwhelmed by the idea of moving to a new house. Leaving the only home they’ve ever known is a lot to take in! Here are a few tips for making it a smooth transition.
Keep The Kids Involved in the Search Process
Taking small children to every open house and showing you attend would probably be exhausting, but once you’ve narrowed it down to one or two that you’re serious about, let them see the house and walk through it. Point out where their new room might be or what kind of games you might play in the backyard. You can also keep them involved by looking at photos online and talking about what sort of things they might want in the new home.
Get Familair With The New Neighborhood Before You Move
Spend some time as a family in the new area. Visit the parks, try a new restaurant nearby and check out the schools.
Be Positive But Let Them Know It’s OK to Be Sad
Focus on all the exciting things ahead like new bedrooms or a bigger backyard. At the same time, your kids might be sad about leaving their neighborhood friends and all the familair places behind. Let them know it’s OK and that even though you’re so excited about what’s coming, you’re a little sad too.
Let Them Pick Out Something Special For Their New Spaces
Whether it’s a new bedspread, new paint colors, or something else, let them have a say in how their new bedroom will look and be a part of the process.
Create Memories of the Old House
Make sure you take lots of photos together of your old house. Don't forget the little details like their favorite backyard tree. You can even make a photo collage of your favorite photos to hang in their new room.
Have a Solid Plan For Moving Day
Moving day is exhausting for everyone. Make sure the kids have time to say good-bye to the old house, then, if possible, send them to their grandparents’ or the babysitters for a few hours. Once the boxes are unloaded in the new house, let them help with small tasks like unpacking their books and putting them on the book shelf in their new bedroom.
Make the First Night Fun
There’s only so much you can do on the first night. Don’t feel like everything has to be unpacked and perfet. Instead, stop working when you hit a good stopping point and do something fun as a family like order pizza and play board games.