Moving is a process that will impact people of different ages differently. Now the process is complex and stressful, but especially for kids growing up. They see and get comfortable around the location, and all of a sudden, the change in their place of living does affect them and can make them uncomfortable at a new home or impact their behavior after moving.
The psychological change affects people’s minds as they see their place of living as their territory, and changing it seems to them a loss of control. For teenage kids, change doesn’t happen in their living room; their school changes which means their whole social life changes. They’ll have to make friends at the new place, which brings a new challenge for you as parents to make moving smooth for your kids. But don’t worry if you have no idea how to do so.
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Here Are Some Tips To Make Moving Easy For Kids
1. Communicate With Your Kids
Communicating with your children is the best thing to make moving easier for them. So telling them as soon as possible is the key but do not overwhelm them as you don’t want them to start worrying about it. Instead, tell them as the moving process progresses little by little. Inform them about the new house and give them information about what you’ll do to move, like packing stuff. Let them know what stuff will go and what things you won’t take to the new place, and you’ll replace them there. Tell them specifically what will change, like their school or other items. Let them know their furniture, toys, and other personal things stay the same.
It’s essential to talk about moving positively. Tell them about the good things that will happen at a new place, like there will be an ice cream shop nearby, or they’ll have a new bicycle, or there will be a tree house in the backyard. Your kid will see moving positively as you talk about it, so it is essential to communicate thoroughly.
2. Visit The New Neighborhood With Your Kid
Once they feel optimistic about the new place, it will help even more if they see the new home before the move. It will help them after moving to the place they have visited before, so show them the new location or go to the nearby park with them. You can also organize a playdate with the new kids of the community to help get your child along with the new kids of the area. Familiarizing them with the new location will also help them see this move as part of the adventure, and they can get excited about anything from the new place.
Suppose you are moving far away and can’t visit the place with your kid before you can share the experience, vibe, and feel of the new home. Show them pictures of the place and tell them what new things they’ll get to see and experience there.
Make a list of good places to visit for your kids after the move and focus more on the new home while telling your kids about moving.
3. Involve Your Kids In The Move
Kids that can help in moving and packing let them do it. Being involved in the process will make them feel they are helpful and contributing. Give them small responsibilities like packing books or video games, and they can also be accommodating while collecting unwanted things at the new place.
Use their obsession with boxes to get involved in the moving, as kids often try to play with them. They’ll create some games around the boxes, and you can do the packing peacefully as you know kids are playing nearby.
4. Be Patient With Your Kid
Even after doing everything, like communicating and telling them about the benefits of the new place, you can still expect them to be anxious and stressed about the move. So you’ll have to give them time to return to normal and express their anxiety. Then, you should talk to them and answer their questions about the move or new place. Finally, after moving, you’ll have to give them space to adjust appropriately to the new house.
It can take time with school kids, and they may feel sad because they have to leave their school friends and make new friends. They need some time to process.
Here are some ways that you can be patient with your kids:
- Expect your kid’s behavior not to be good every time, and they can break a few rules, so allow them to go overboard a little.
- Take rest from time to time as the process is very hectic. You may get exhausted, so take a walk and have some tea to relax and calm down. Give yourself time to recharge.
- Get help if needed. If you are doing most of the work of moving yourself, you may need a pair of hands from time to time, so take the help of a babysitter if your child is small. If you need someone to throw the heavy junk away, take help from neighbors.
- Counting to 10 would be best. If you have anger issues, you’ll become more patient before taking the frustration out and seeing the change. You can also practice breathing in and out slowly to calm down in situations like these.
- Creating memories is another relaxing way, like clicking photographs and enjoying the place before leaving.
5. Plan The Moving Day
Make the plan for moving day. You can arrange a babysitter for your kid if things get very hectic. But your toddler needs full attention, so if you get distracted, it’s better to arrange for someone to take care of the small kid.
If your kid is small, like 4,5 years old, you need to make the new place baby-proof in advance as the kid is going to explore the new place, and there will be more chances of them getting hurt or getting in trouble.
You must take precautions in the new house for the kids’ safety.
Here are some things you can do as a precautionary step:
- Get things like cleaning supplies or any harmful chemical substance away from your child’s reach.
- Make a room in the new house early where your child can play or roam freely without anyone looking over him.
- It would help to put emergency contacts on the speed dial in your phone. The other thing you can do is to have the first aid box with you.
- When doing anything in the new house, like setting up furniture or moving heavy things around, get your child away from the space.
In conclusion, Kids of any age are less comfortable with moving than adults. So it is essential to make their moving smooth and have patience. Talk and give them time to adjust to the new place.
It is essential to move from your kids’ perspective; only you can see their challenges. This will change your approach and make you more patient and compassionate with them.
Kids act out physically, and it is normal to exhibit some frustrating behavior when dealing with a change in their lifestyle, routine, and place. So it would help if you tried to stick to your routine, doing the same activities as before to help kids be calm and get used to the new place quickly. Routines also help kids to get a sense of control over the day to make decisions for themselves.
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