How to Prepare Your Kids for the Move

Moving to a new house can be stressful, especially if kids are included. Kids respond differently to stressful situations and don’t see the bigger picture, which consists of all the challenges ahead. They can focus only on certain discomforts, making the process even more challenging for the whole family. They might be anxious about leaving their old home where they have built their haven or maybe nervous about meeting new friends in the new environment and leaving the old ones behind. 

That is why helping your child understand the moving process is very important. As a parent, you must know that it is not just about packing the boxes but a whole journey and a roller coaster of emotions. The emotional support is vital in these situations. It can be shown in different ways.

Parents and little daughters unpacking things in a new apartment, sitting on the floor, and taking objects from open boxes

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In this text, we’re going to outline some practical ways how you can help your kids prepare for the journey ahead. 

Hold a family meeting

When you know the details of your relocation, you need to hold a family meeting to explain what will happen in the future. Gather your kids and say how they can be included. This meeting should be planned well ahead, and you should know precisely what you will say and explain to avoid any last-minute surprises. 

Be transparent and honest

Transparency and honesty are the best policies, even with kids. You need to explain to them why the move is happening and what they can expect. Leave them space to ask questions and give them honest answers. In this way, you will build a trustworthy and reliable relationship and reduce uncertainty and confusion.

Involve the kids in the planning

If the children are asked to be part of the process, they will be much more collaborative. You can ask their opinions on how to decorate the new rooms or what they want to bring along with them. This way, they will feel that they also have control of the situation, and the transition will be much smoother and less overwhelming. 

Control the emotions

Children will probably mimic their parents’ emotions, so you need to stay calm and optimistic about the moves. Don’t expose them to stressful moments and try to keep a positive attitude towards the whole situation. The kids are very wise. They will know about any slight change in your behavior.

Minimize additional stress

It is no lie that moving can cause a lot of stress, but it is a significant milestone in life that also brings many positive memories. So you need to focus children’s attention from the stressful situation to everlasting memories so you can keep the stress at a minimum. Also, don’t start new activities or make other significant changes around the time of the move, and stick to your children’s usual routines as much as possible. In that way, you will be able to control the stability of the situation. 

Explore the new neighborhood

Take your kids to see the new neighborhood, explore the surroundings, and show them what they can do once you start living in the new home; go to the local parks, and visit the nearby attractions so they can educate their daily activities there. This will significantly increase anxiety and build excitement. 

Involve the child in the moving process

This refers to giving them an active role in the moving process to make them feel more in control. Ask them what they want to be part of and give them responsibilities. Make them responsible for their belongings so they can decide what they will bring. 

Also, you can let the children pack some of their belongings. The things they don’t want to bring with them can be given to donation centers or sold in a garage sale. This will teach them about giving, the process of letting go of certain items, and how to handle them more easily. 

Let them say a proper goodbye

Once you are ready to move, don’t rush the children to leave the old neighborhood and friends. Plan properly to give them time to say goodbye to whoever and whichever they like. Children tend to form strong attachments to their friends, neighbors, and familiar places, so you must ensure they are at peace with it. 

You can organize a goodbye party in the garage or a small gathering with their friends. This will provide closure and make the move feel like a natural progression. Help them focus on the positive aspects of their old home, friends, and neighborhood, but make them more excited about what’s ahead.

The role of property managers

Property managers can be very helpful during the moving process. They can provide detailed information about the new home and the neighborhood, which can help you explain things better to your kids. 

They can also address any concerns you might have about your property, whether it is about safety features, maintenance issues, or community guidelines. They will inform you about everything you need to know. 

Finally, moving involves a lot of logistics. Property managers can help you coordinate some of these details, like scheduling moving dates, arranging utility setups, and even providing recommendations for local moving companies or services. 

Conclusion

Moving is quite a stressful but exhilarating experience for children, so you need to plan it carefully. You are being open, transparent, and honest about the process involving the kids as much as possible, and by answering every question they might have, you can easily adjust the kids to the new home and facilitate the whole moving process. Additionally, by leveraging the knowledge of property managers, you can make better decisions based on facts.

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