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How to Help Your Children Cope With Moving

Moving to a new home is a stressful event for both parents and children. Nobody is immune to the uncertainty and anxiousness that may come with this bittersweet moment in life. Here are five ways that you can help your child cope with the moving process.

Tell Them Once the Move is Final

A move is not something that you want to spring on your kids at the last minute. This is particularly important if you are moving to a new city or state. Telling them about the impending move as soon as the decision is final will help them to get used to this big transition. If you are moving to a new neighborhood or school, it will also give them time to say goodbye to their friends and classmates. This will help to bring about closure. Allowing your child time to adjust will make it easier when moving day dawns. You should also consider giving them a journal to document their feelings and take pictures of their old home so that they can process and express their emotions in a healthy manner.

Allow Them to Go House Hunting With You

Your kids will be more invested in the move if you involve them in the house-hunting process. If they cannot be there for every tour, be sure to take lots of pictures and videos so that they feel as if you value their input. The more that they become invested in their new house, the more that they will warm up to the idea of moving. Once you have your new home picked out, you can let them make decisions such as picking their bedroom or deciding how to decorate their space.

Involve Them in the Actual Physical Move

There is something extra exciting about moving day. It is hard not to get caught up in the fun of this big moment. You can make it special for your kids by allowing them to help with the packing and the moving process. Giving them tasks that are age-appropriate will help you out and also keep them busy and make them feel as if they are a vital part of the process.

You should also consider leaning on professionals for help. Hiring one of the trusted Waltham movers will help you to put the focus on your kids on this big day so that you can make sure that they are handling their emotions and doing fine with the move. Anything that you can do to make it easier on yourself will give you the freedom to be the important support for your child through the entire transition.

Enlist the Help of Your New Neighbors

Before you even move into the new home, it is a good idea to try to reach out to the neighbors and make connections. This will be particularly helpful if you find out the new neighbors also have kids that may be potential playmates for your children. Knowing that they have friends waiting will help your child to look forward to their new home. Having a support system ready to go will make them feel welcome and put them at ease.

Leave Time to Explore the New Community

One of the best parts about moving is exploring your new community. While it is understandable if you are busy with all of the logistics of unpacking and getting settled into your new home, it is vital that you schedule some time for fun. Your kids will be happier about the move if you show them all of the cool parts of your new neighborhood.

Perhaps you want to take a break from unpacking one night to check out the local ice cream parlor? Or maybe you want to take a Saturday morning to browse the shops in your new downtown area? Assimilating your kids into the new environment will help them to adjust to their new surroundings and see the positives of the move.

Moving is never easy for anyone. However, by practicing these five tips, you will help to make this challenging life season easier for your kids so that they remain happy and secure in their surroundings.

Tim Esterdahl

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