Moving can be a stressful process. There are strict deadlines that have to be met and large-scale financial decisions that have to be made. For you, closing and making the move is likely a process you’re looking forward to, and that’s understandable.
Often though, moving is a confusing, emotional process for the little ones as their entire world is about to change. They may even be switching schools, which can be an emotional process of its own. This is why it’s crucial to make sure you take your childrens’ interests into consideration well before moving day.
As soon as you know you’re going to be moving, whether or not you’ve found a suitable home, let your children know what’s going to be happening. This will give them more time to come to digest the information and ask questions when they have gaps in understanding. Doing this will also allow you to actively involve the little ones in the home-hunting process, since exploring new places can become quite the adventure.
Also make it clear why the move is necessary. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, for example, tell them this and explain why.
Your children may have a hard time coming to terms with the thought of moving at first. Encourage open communication so that you can address any concerns they may have. Make sure to ask for their opinions and let them help with the decision-making process in little ways where it’s possible.
Give your children tasks that let them contribute to the move. Show them a layout of their new room and ask where they want to put their belongings. Let them carry some smaller boxes or items to help them feel more involved in the process.
When you’ve found a suitable home, go exploring and discover new trails, parks and playgrounds with your children. There, you can maybe meet other kids and parents alike looking for someone to talk to. This can help your kids get to know their new neighbourhood and socialize before the school year begins.
Of course, you know what’s best for your kids and how they are likely to react to changing environments, these are just a few suggestions based on our experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, we’re here to help!