Moving can be a stressful time, especially when you have so much to organise. After arranging movers, packing everything into boxes, and dealing with the logistics of moving to a new suburb, city, or even country, you can already feel overwhelmed – but don’t forget that the little ones are probably feeling it just as much as you are.
Relocating can be confusing and scary for kids, but there are things you can do to make the process easier on them. I’ve learned that you should see this as something beneficial that can help your children grow and develop – this can be an experience that will change them for the better!
Be open and honest with them
Tell them about their new home and your reasons for moving in language they’ll understand. Don’t try and teach your four year old about redundancy packages or your success on the share market; instead, say that you’ve found a lovely and new place to live. Assure them that although things will change, they’ll be for the better, with an emphasis on old things continuing as usual and all the new exciting things to look forward to.
Make friends with other families in the local area
Your little one will have friends by association, someone to spend quality kid time with. You remember how during your pregnancy, you began spending more time with mums and expecting mums? It’s the same here – your child will have things in common with the local children and make new friends because of it. These friends can show your kids all the local haunts and ensure your child feels supported – plus, they’ll have someone to sit with at lunch.
Try and stick to a routine
It’s important to try and stick to or create new routines that enable a smooth transition. Pulling a child out of school midway through a term may be unavoidable, but is not ideal. Remember the importance of consistency for kids, so it’s important to continue your child’s involvement in other activities, whether it be in school sports or taking a dance class.
Listen to your child
She or he may have some fears about moving to a new place. Listen to their qualms and reassure them that everything is going to be okay. Don’t tell them that their worries are unfounded; rather, tell them about all the exciting new adventures they’ll be having in a new suburb. Explore the area with your child to help put them at ease in this new environment.
Having a new neighbourhood in which to play is one of the most exciting parts of moving home. Check out the swing-set you found around the corner and share with your child all the possibilities of the new place – so much fun!
Lena Perry is a freelance writer who had a difficult move with her bubs – but they’re far better now because of it! Guest post brought to you by Karimums.