Moving House: How To Make Moving Easier On You And Your Child

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Moving House: How To Make Moving Easier On You And Your Child

Moving to a new home presents a lot of challenges for the entire family. While adults deal with the logistics of the relocation, children will often focus on what they could lose as a result of the move. It is no secret that moving can be stressful for adults, but it can also take a toll on a child’s social development. According to a research, those who moved frequently as children had fewer meaningful social relationships as adults. If you’re planning to relocate this year, you’re not alone as a survey found that 24% of Americans reported moving from their area in the past five years. Make the transition easier for your family by being organized, acknowledging your children’s feelings, and being positive about the move. Here are some tips on how to make moving less stressful for you and your child.

Give yourself enough time to plan your move

If you’re planning to sell your home right away, you need to give yourself enough time to get organized and plan your move. At least one month before moving day, make an inventory of all your belongings and get rid of all the things that you don’t plan to take to your new home. You can have a yard sale, donate items to a charity or shelter, or simply throw things away if they’re not in good condition. Start packing items three weeks before moving day and make sure to enlist the services of a reliable mover to make the big day less stressful for your family.

Get your child ready for the move

It’s important to talk to your child about the move. Give him or her enough time to process this by telling your child at least a few weeks in advance. For instance, you can mention that all the things in your old home will be coming with you and that your child’s room will look different from his or her old room. If your child starts to feel lonely about the move, acknowledge your little one’s feelings and give your child enough time to acclimate to your new home.

Give your child a chance to say goodbye properly

If you’ve been living in your home for a few years, your child may be loath to leave your house, neighborhood, and their friends. Give your child a chance to say goodbye properly by throwing a small party for his or her close friends. Take lots of pictures and use these as you put together a memory scrapbook. You may also want to take pictures of your child’s room, your home, and a few favorite places to go to in the neighborhood.

Have a tour of your new neighborhood

A week before moving day, schedule a trip to your new neighborhood with your child. Point out all the fun places that your little one can go to such as the park, the pizza place, or the ice cream parlor. Drive by your new home and point out all the wonderful things about it to get your child excited about moving day.

Moving has its challenges, but with a little planning, you can make the whole process less stressful for your entire family. Follow these tips to successfully move to your new home and to help your child look forward to living in a new place.

 

Jenny Holt

 

 

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