Moving to a new house is an exciting and overwhelming experience, especially for children. If your kids are stressed about moving, you can help ease their anxiety by involving them in the process. With these tips, your kids will feel like a part of the moving process, and will be much less stressed about the big day.
1. Involve Kids in the Decision-Making Process
Before you start packing, involve your kids in the decision-making process. Ask them for their input on things like which house to choose and what bedroom they want, and even what their dream bedroom would look like. This will help them feel like they have a say in the move and will make the transition easier for them.
2. Have a Garage Sale
A garage sale is a great way to get your kids involved in the process of moving to a new house while also getting rid of the things you don’t need to bring to your new place. A garage sale guide can help you determine what things you can sell, and what things you could donate or keep for the future. Involving your kids in this process helps them feel like they’re helping and makes it easier for you to pack, too!
3. Create a Packing Schedule
Create a packing schedule with your kids to stay organised during moving. You can assign each of your kids their own room or area of the house and let them pack everything in that space into boxes. If your kids are young, you can help them do this on specific days, so that you can make sure everything else that needs to be done gets done. A packing schedule can alleviate much of the stress that comes along with moving to a new house, too.
4. Make a New House Wish List
Encourage kids to create a list of things they would like to have or do in their new home. This could include things like setting up a playroom, or having a trampoline in the backyard. Even letting them decorate their own rooms will make them more excited, instead of nervous, about the move. They will also feel much more invested in the process of moving, which will get them looking forward to living in the new house.
5. Talk About the Move with Your Kids
It is important to keep an open dialogue with your kids about the move. Talk to them about their fears and concerns, and reassure them that everything will be okay. Encourage them to ask questions and express their emotions. Talking about the plan for moving day can be helpful for your kids to feel more relaxed, too. These types of conversations will help them feel much more comfortable and less anxious about the move.
Involving your kids in the process of moving a new house is a great way to help ease their anxiety about the move. Letting your kids help with packing and more may seem like a hassle at first, but in reality, keeping your kids calm and excited about the change in your lives will make the moving process go much more smoothly. Involve your kids in the big moving day, and enjoy the excitement that moving to a new house brings!