Making your move easier on your kids – and yourself
Relocating to a new home and neighborhood is an exciting time – but it can also be stressful especially when dealing with kids.
Here are helpful tips to get your kids in a better mindset for the move:
- Involve them in the move
One of the main reasons that kids can get agitated by a move is the sense of helplessness about the big change. Address this by involving them in the process. Let them know why you’re moving and when you plan to move. Ask older children what features they’d like in their new home – and what they can look forward to. Go online and show them images or videos of the new neighborhood. Respect their separation anxiety and take the time to reassure them when they’re worried.
- Ask them to help you prepare for the move
For your young children, make a game out of packing their toys, books, and other favorites. Planning a special “unboxing” time when you move in will also build their excitement.
- Stay positive
Children will have an easier time accepting the major change when they sense positive emotions from their parents. Be more vocal and visibly excited about the new places, activities, and opportunities that your new house and neighborhood will bring.
- Hire a babysitter on the day of the move
This tip is for you. To make sure younger children don’t slow down activities on moving day, get a babysitter to look after them. Or enlist the help of friends and family members to keep kids occupied or away from the house until after you’ve emptied it. The same tip can apply to pets. Let someone look after your dog or cat while you’re in the process of moving.
If you’d like to move to North Carolina’s Research Triangle, browse the website to check out your residential options. For inquiries, call me at 919-210-8388 or send me an email at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.