If you are planning on moving to a new house soon, you are probably worried about the effect that it will have on your kids. Some will just take it in the stride while others will find it very stressful to deal with a new home, new school, and different friends. This is something that they will get used to over time, but the transitional period will certainly be difficult for both you and them. So how do you make moving easier on your children, then? Here are my top tips.
The best way to try and reduce your children’s stress is to make sure that they are fully prepared for the move. You should do this by talking to them about the move as soon as you decide to move. If you calmly break the news to them well in advance, the kids will have plenty of time to process the information. It won’t seem such a big surprise once moving day arrives! One important tip to remember is that you need to reassure them that some things will stay the same once you move. Sure, they will have to go to a different school and make new friends, but all their toys will still be there, and so will you!
Save Them From Moving Day
Moving day will be extremely busy for you.You will have no doubt done all your packing, but there will still be a lot of work for you to do. If your kids are around on this day, they will only get in the way and stress you out. So try and arrange moving day for a weekday when they are at school. They will also find this easier as they won’t have to deal with the stress of packing up their life into boxes! To make sure you aren’t too stressed when you pick the kids up, chat to some long distance moving companies to help with the move. They will make the job very easy for you!
Maintain Your Regular Routines
Once you are all moved in, it is very important that you stick to your regular routines. Your kids will find it easier to adjust if everything in the new house works just like it did in the old one. So make sure that bath time and bedtime are still set to your old schedule. This is especially important during the first few days in your new home, as the children will still be adjusting a lot. Keep all their important belongings in a box that is easy to get to. That way, you can unpack them straight away and can leave all the not so important things until another day.
Be Ready For Regression
No matter how smoothly the move goes, you should be ready for some forms of regression once you have moved in. For instance, your potty trained toddlers may have a lot more accidents. This is normal, though, and once your kids have fully adjusted, there shouldn’t be any more accidents or tantrums!