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Children, while energetic and curious, can sometimes be negatively affected by massive changes in life. They thrive on stability, routine, and comfort. For this reason, when something massive and unavoidable comes up such as a house move, they can feel relatively uncertain. The challenge of going through a move, especially if the new home is far away, as well as adapting to a new environment and school can be quite a worrying time for them, and give them that sense of uncertainty they might not respond to well.
As a parent, this is relatively unavoidable. It’s not as if moving home is some kind of punishment or tragedy, you likely have extremely good reasons for doing this. However, if you have the forethought to, it can be extremely worthwhile to try and reduce the stress of moving for your children, giving them the space to digest this period with care and consideration. To us, any effort in this vein seems rather worthwhile. Consider our advice:
Finding services to help you move, such as a competent removalist is always a good idea, but be sure to look for those who can remain trustworthy, who’ll get the job done in no time, and who will remain as reliable as possible. When you don’t have to worry about the competence of a service you’ve placed your faith in, you will likely be much more relaxed during this process, and those emotions will often pass on to your children. Simply put, try and arrange the move to be as streamlined as possible through the responsibilities you have to take care of. A little care and consideration here can go a long way to the process being over and done before you realize it.
Familiarity With The New Property
Bringing your family to check out the new property can take away some of the mystifying stupors behind it, giving you the tools to enjoy the move on the known ground. When only you and your spouse have checked out the property while your children were in school, they’ll likely have no idea where they’re moving. Bringing them along to the property viewings, especially when you know you’re to buy it, and even pretend to assign rooms to each child can help the property be something you all look forward to, rather than something only the administrators of the move are familiar with.
Invest & Indulge In The Comforts
Don’t be afraid to stay in nice hotels during a long drive if moving a long distance away. Don’t be afraid to invest in the comforts that will help your child adapt, such as completely new carpeting, wall decorations, entertainment features, and stuffed toys. In other words, make the house feel like home before you even arrive to move in if possible. Also don’t be afraid to help your child feel engaged during the move, to take their mind off things. A screen on the back of a car headrest can keep them occupied watching movies as you drive a long distance, a new toy can introduce the concept of change to them in a familiar fashion, as well as heading out to a familiar restaurant the day after you arrive can help bring some known ground into the current state of affairs.
We hope you enjoy the scope of your new move, and that using these tips your children adapt both quickly and thoroughly.