While moving can be stressful for parents, the experience can be even more traumatic for children. Your kids may not be a part of the decision to move, and they might not understand it.
Many kids thrive on familiarity and routine. As a result, they may need some time and special attention during the transition. Try these tips to make the process less stressful for everyone.
1. Talk about the move
The most important way to prepare kids to move is to talk to them about it. Try to give them as much information about the move, as soon as possible. Answer questions completely and truthfully, and be receptive to both positive and negative reactions. Even if the move means an improvement in family life, kids don’t always understand that, and may be focused on the frightening aspects of the change.
2. Get the kids room sorted first
Try to get your children’s rooms in order before turning your attention on the rest of the house.
3. Keep regular schedules
Try to maintain your regular schedule for meals and bedtime to give kids a sense of familiarity.
4. Make your kids “King for a Day”
Give you children special attention for a day, where they get to make decision on what you do or where you go. Perhaps you can explore a new place together, while you tell them how much you care and appreciate them.