There is something exciting about moving to a new house and a new area when you’re an adult. The problems arise when you have children. Mostly, children adapt really well to new places, to change. However, there are the few that aren’t at all comfortable with adapting like that and find it really difficult to connect to a new place.
Children may be easily adjusted, but that doesn’t mean that they find the overall experience a good one. You are the adult, so it’s up to you to make it as easy as possible for them.
Whether you choose to hire a van or you choose to get a moving service to help you to pack up your worldly belongings and go, you have to think carefully. Taking the time to prepare your child for the changes ahead is the smartest thing that you can do with a move on the cards. They need time to adapt, time to get used to the idea and time to feel okay with what you’re proposing.
Give your kids some time, and check out our top moving tips below for making the whole transition a smooth one.
7 Simple tips for planning a smooth move for kids
- The first thing to do is talk. Communication is key when it comes to moving home, and even if you’re babbling away to your toddler, keep the conversation to the exciting parts about moving. When the older kids talk about missing their friends, talk about how many new friends they’re going to meet.
- When children come to play for the first time, make sure you’re the house that’s planning something fun to do, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Get the kids involved in painting a fence, or playing a game of football. You want your kids to settle in and they can only do that when other kids are nice.
- If you’re not moving too far away, try inviting your teenagers old friends to stay for a sleepover. Some familiarity among all the change can make a big difference to them.
- Speaking of teenagers, give yours some time to come to terms with the changes you’ve chosen to make. Let them push back a little; you’re the one making the changes not them!
- Usually, a new school will allow children to transition in with half days and look around before the move. They can meet their teachers and make some new friends, and if you haven’t been able to do this, it could be worth having a look around during the school vacation time so they get familiar with the new journey to school.
- Give your children a little space to explore in the new area. Let them get a feel for new people and the new neighborhood, and be there for them when they feel sad or overwhelmed by all the changes.
- Get stuck into your new community! The best way to get used to a new area and a smooth move for the children is to put yourself out there and get to know people!