Moving With Your Kids - Making It Easy
Children are adaptable, right? And moving to a new home, getting a new room, etc. can be an exciting thing for a child. There might be some small bumps along with the way, however, so it's good to take a proactive approach when preparing your kids for an upcoming move.
1. Let The Kids Know You're Moving
- Let them gets used to the idea of a new home
- Don't postpone telling them; when you know you're going to move, let them know too
- Be understanding to their reaction
2. Let Them Ask Questions
- Their questions will help you understand what they may be uneasy about
- This will make them feel more comfortable about your move
- Don't feel like you have to answer all their questions at once
3. Get Them Involved
- Go online together and look up the new city or area where you're going to move
- Let them pick out boxes and pack their room
- Give them a specific job, such as labeling the boxes with the correct room name
- Go to the post office together to fill out change of address cards
- Take them shopping with you when you have to purchase items for the new house
- If the new house needs work, such as painting, let them paint too!
4. After the Move
- Give them pre-stamped postcards or a phone call allowance to keep in touch with friends and family in your prior city
- Encourage them to meet kids who are their same age in the neighborhood
- Get them involved in local sports to make new friends
- Have a housewarming party and invite your new neighbors and their children over to get acquainted
Your new home might just become that family house that your grandchildren will visit in the years to come. Every move has a few discomforts and challenges. Armed with information and a good game plan will make your transition easier for you and your children.
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