Thinking about moving? Although this can be exciting, it can also be incredibly stressful and disruptive. This is amplified when you have kids as well as they can find moving home to be difficult, particularly if they have only ever called one place home before. With this in mind, here are a few tips for getting your kids ready and hopefully getting them excited for the move.
“You may also want to consider taking on a babysitter or child care, bearing in mind that this will add extra to the costs of selling the property up,” comments Ruban Selvanayagam of Property Solvers.
Explain What Will Happen
First, you need to sit down with them and explain why you will be moving and what they can expect to happen. Getting your kids mentally prepared is the most important step to take and will avoid any sudden shocks when you start moving. Try to frame the move as an exciting and positive step so that they can look forward to having a new home.
Make a Memory Box For the House
Everyone remembers their childhood home and this will have been an important place for you all. To cement these memories, you can make a memory box for the house filled with photographs, drawings, memories and anything else that will help your child to remember the house.
Involve Them in the Process
When you are on the hunt for a new home in your area, it is also a good idea to involve them in the process by taking them to viewings of the new home. This will help them to understand what is happening and also should help them to settle much quicker into the new house. You can explain to them what each room will be and ask them for their opinion on how to decorate.
Allow Them to Decorate Their Room
Following on from this, you should also allow them to decorate their own room. This will help them to get excited for the move while ensuring that they have a space that they feel is their own. It can take a while to settle into a new home but allowing them to decorate should speed this process up.
Show Them Exciting Things in the Area
You also need to think about the neighbourhood and take them around so that they can get their bearings. This should include anything fun nearby, such as the local park, soft play areas etc.
When it comes to the actual move itself, you might find it best to arrange childminders or daycare. Not only will this make the move easier for your child, but it will also give you one less thing to worry about on the big day.
Hopefully, these tips will come in handy if you are planning a move and have kids. While it can be stressful and disruptive, you can make the process of moving an exciting one for kids and help them to settle much faster.