Top Tips For Moving Home With Young Children
Moving house can be a time of great excitement – but also of great stress, especially if you are moving home with young children that may be a bit anxious about the upcoming move, which will make your moving plans even more challenging.
To a young child, it really doesn’t matter whether you are moving miles away to a new town or county, or simply moving a couple of streets away – the thought of leaving the only home that they have ever known may be a very emotional and confusing time for them.
Coping with change
Young children may not understand why you want to move home, so your plans may come as a huge shock and surprise for them. The best way to help prepare your family for your move is to give everyone plenty of time to get used to the idea.
Making your move into an exciting new adventure that they get to experience is also a great way to frame your move in their mind. So rather than it becoming a stressful time where they feel like they are leaving a part of themselves behind, you can get the kids to look forward to moving and making new connections.
Our team at Leysbrook present some top tips to try to get your kids happy to be involved with your up and coming move:
Talk to your children about what will happen
You can help to prepare your young children for the move by explaining what will be involved. This means telling them that you will be moving into a new home and that they get to take everything they own along with them too!
It can also help to take your children along to view your new home before your moving date. Make their first visit an exciting exploration game where they get to see their new bedroom for the first time and let them explore all the rooms and look out of the windows.
Encourage your children to help with your packing
Even if your children are a little too young to help with the majority of your packing, you can encourage them to help to sort through and pack up the toys and games that they don’t mind not playing with for a while.
If they have any personal favourite toys, these should be left to the last minute to pack so they can continue to be comforted by their favourite teddy or toy until moving day.
Timing your move
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to schedule your move for a time that makes it easier on everyone. So if you can time your move to happen during a school holiday, then you don’t have to try and juggle your moving day with fitting in your school run and other regular family tasks.
Keep an ‘active bag’ of toys and games
Rather than packing every last one of your kid’s toys away out of sight and out of reach, on your moving day, it can be helpful to keep a handy ‘active bag’ of your children’s toys and games within easy reach.
Use a backpack or a large shopping bag to keep some of their most favourite toys close by for easy access should your children become overwhelmed or anxious on your moving day. They may become worried about all the activity with you movers taking away all of your furniture and be afraid that they will never see their things again.
Giving them a bag of their favourite toys will reassure them that everything is safe, plus it will also be handy for when you arrive at your new home and need to keep the kids busy while you spend time unpacking and sorting out your possessions.
Chill out and make time to play
Once you have moved home it helps not to be in a hurry to unpack. Take your time and unpack your boxes one at a time and find a new home for the contents.
Let your children play with your packing boxes – they can get hours of fun from empty boxes, from building forts to making robot costumes, your children will be making brand-new memories in their new home that they will treasure.
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