With Christmas just around the corner children are taking centre stage and their excitement is obvious. When it comes to moving though it’s easy for them to get overlooked with everything else that’s going on. Moving house can have a bigger impact on our little ones than we think, especially if they are moving schools and leaving friends as well. Below we’ve listed out some top tips for helping the youngest members of your family adjust to their new surroundings.
- Plan ahead – talk to your children about what the move will be like before it happens, it’s much easier for them to process things if they have time to think about it before it happens. It also helps to get them involved in the move, one of the biggest anxiety points for children around moves is that they feel like everything is out of their control. Get them involved in the packing or let them choose the colour of their new room it all helps to make them feel part of it.
- Communicate – let your children know that they can talk to you about anything that concerns them about the move, ask them what you can do to help make the move easier on them. You might be surprised at their answers.
- Routine – if you have a routine at home around meal or bed times then stick to it. It might seem like an impossible task when surrounded by boxes but keeping to your routine will really help them settle in much faster.
- Stay positive – when you are talking about the move don’t let them hear any of the stressful parts of it. Just focus on the good things like the bigger house, being closer to family or the great parks in the area.
- Fill the house with familiar items as quickly as you can. Try to make your new house feel like home as soon as possible so unpack family pictures and favourite toys as soon as possible.
Hopefully your little ones are as excited about the move as you but if not then try some of the tips above to make your move run as smoothly as possible for the whole family.