Upping sticks and moving home is something many young families do. Whether the move is brought about by work reasons, schooling reasons, simply to escape a certain area or in order to move into a bigger house, young families around the world are often moving home. But, just because a home move for these families does make sense, it is sometimes hard to make children see it this way. What’s more, sometimes it is hard to make this kind of move as easy as it can be for children.
For advice on how to make home moves as easy as they can be for your children, should you ever decide that a move I best for you and your family, make sure to read on.
First of all, prepare your children prior to the move
Preparing your children for the move prior to it taking place is pivotal if you want them to be as comfortable with it as possible from the get-go. And, if you want the move to go as well as it can for all involved, your children feeling comfortable with it all from the very start is very, very important. So, make sure it is the case!
To make sure it is the case, simply talk it through with them. Talk to your children about why the move is taking place (as best as you can and giving them as much information as is safe for them to hear). Give them as much information about the move. Discuss what their lives would be like in their new abode and how their lives would be improved by living there. And involve them in the planning of the move, even if this just means letting them choose their rooms prior to moving in.
Once moved, make the new house and area feel like home
Your kids aren’t going to feel at home in their new house and area if these new things aren’t made to feel like home, and these new things feeling like home is vital to the success of the whole move. So, get to work right away in making everything feel homely!
To do this, first of all, you should be decorating the new house right away and hanging photographs of the family up in all conceivable points. By doing so you will be showing to your kids that this is not only their new home, but this is a place that need not necessarily be too different to their last one. And, you should stretch the homeliness outside of the house by setting up contacts in the new area almost immediately. This means doing things like getting a new local dentist and GP surgery sorted. This means finding out the local parks and taking your children on trips to them. And this, of course, means getting a new school for your children sorted.
Home moves are a part of life for young families, and in order to make them go as smoothly as possible then everybody in these families need to be on board with them. In order to get your children on board with any move, you may make in the future, make sure to remember the advice above.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.