When you have children, even minor changes in their routine and environment can have a major impact. Moving house can be incredibly stressful for parents, but it can also be an upheaval for kids. If you’re planning a move, here are some easy ways to make the change less daunting for your children.
Show the kids around
If you’ve bought a new house, arrange to borrow the keys from the agent, and take your children to have a look around their new home. They can explore, get a feel for the house, and start getting used to the fact that this is going to be their home. Let them choose rooms, and get excited about the move. You can start planning where you’re going to put your furniture, and talking about colors and what kind of theme they want for their bedroom or playroom.
Pack in advance
There’s nothing worse than trying to pack in a hurry when you’ve got children to look after, and an endless list of jobs to get through before moving day. If you haven’t enlisted the help of a firm to pack for you, start packing well in advance. Start with the rooms you barely use and put away any non-essential items that you know you’re not going to need in the next few weeks. If you have older children, encourage them to help you pack up their rooms, but make sure you leave out any sentimental possessions, like blankets or teddy bears that they’ll want to have with them before you unpack at the other end. If you have very young children, ask your parents, siblings or friends to help out with babysitting while you get the house sorted.
Set your new home up
It can take a long time for a new house to feel like home, but try and set up your new home as best you can for when the kids arrive. Have a look online at fios locations, and get the Internet and TV sorted. Make up the children’s beds, and put away some of their clothes in the wardrobes. Put some of their toys out and pack an overnight bag for the first night with everything you’re likely to need. When you’ve been moving boxes and unpacking all day, you’ll want to chill out and get an early night without worrying about trawling through boxes to find pajamas or toothbrushes.
Get the kids involved in decorating
If you’re planning a revamp and your kids are old enough, let them get involved in choosing paint for their bedrooms, picking out bed linen, and choosing accessories. Add some personal touches, like framed photographs or drawings and cushions or signs with their name on to make their room feel more familiar.
Moving house can be a daunting prospect for adults, let alone children. If you have young kids, and you’re preparing to up sticks and make for pastures new, take these tips on board and hopefully, you’ll enjoy a seamless, stress-free move.