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Are you or someone you know preparing to make a move and a little nervous? Well, imagine how your children are feeling. Making a move can be scary for children of all ages, but there are a few things you can do to ease that transition:
1. Keep them informed. Start talking to them about the move as early as possible, and why you’re making the move. Remind them that not everything will change with the new home.
2. Get them involved. If they’re old enough to start packing their own things, let them start packing stuff into boxes and decorating them. Not only will that help you pack, but it will help you unpack as well. At the new house, let them have some input on things such as how to arrange the furniture or picking a color for their bedroom.
No matter if you’re moving across the country or across town, make it fun and exciting.
3. Let them say a proper goodbye to the old home. If you’re moving out of state, maybe you can host a goodbye party with their friends and encourage them to stay in contact. At the same time, encourage them to develop new relationships.
4. Make it an adventure. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, make it fun and exciting. If you’re just moving across town, start checking out the stores, restaurants, and parks that are near your new home. If you’re moving across the country, look at those things online.
5. Keep stability in your routine. Make sure naptime and bedtime stay the same before, during, and after the move. The same goes for family dinners and other normal family events. The most important thing you can do is remain positive. They will mimic what you do. Be positive, flexible, and excited about the new transition.
If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to give me a call or send an email. I’d love to help.