So, you bought a new house – congratulations! Moving to your own home is an exciting new beginning for the entire family. However, it’s not always a simple and straightforward process. There could be contractual conflicts. You might even have to plan a remodel or make upgrades which could make the process even more drawn out. You may find moving presents even more challenges when you have children.
It can be a difficult change for children to accept; therefore, it’s essential to know the best ways to help them deal with their anxieties that can arise.
Announce You Move Way Ahead of Time
It’s likely that your children will respond with confusion and possibly even anger when you announce that you’re moving. Your child has likely only lived in one place so far in their life, so it’s a significant change moving to a new environment. Therefore, it’s ideal to give them as much time as possible to adjust to the idea.
If they protest, don’t get angry. Try to listen to them and acknowledge that their feelings are valid. Try to understand what their biggest fears are and search for solutions together as a team.
For example, if their biggest concern is that they’ll no longer see their friends, then suggest coming back to visit or keeping up on video chat.
Familiarize Them With Your New Neighborhood
If you’re moving to a neighborhood which is in the same city, then get in your car and go drive around it a bit. Take some time to get to know the area so that they start to see it as a familiar place. If the new neighborhood isn’t an option to visit until your final move, then you can turn to other alternatives like Google Earth. Looking at photos together is the next best thing.
Try to look up different attractions that are nearby, like parks or restaurants. Try to get them excited. You can let them think of ideas of places you can go together in the new neighborhood which will give them a sense of providing input.
Take Time For Proper Goodbyes
Saying goodbye to their friends in the old neighborhood is a crucial part of moving on. Consider throwing a going-away party, or honoring your old home in some way.
Children are more likely to accept the change of a new environment if they have closure first.
Let Them Help
It’s beneficial to let your child participate in some of the moving duties. Let them choose things like what colors their room will be, or what furniture items that they think will go nicely in the house.
Giving someone give them a sense of control makes them feel less forced into the situation.