Moving to a new home can be an exciting but stressful experience. But when you’re moving with children, it can be even more challenging. Kids typically need more time to adjust to the unfamiliar environment, but you can make the transition smoother by taking the following steps:
1. Involve Your Children in the Process
When you’re moving with children, communication is key. Let them know about the upcoming move as early as possible and keep them in the loop with key decision making. Let them know that as a family, you value their input and want them to be part of the process. After all, it will be their home too.
2. Pack Together
This is a great way to help your child familiarize themselves with the new environment. Allow them to pack each of their own things as much as possible- it will be a huge sense of relief for them to remember where each toy is tucked away in the new home. It will also give them a strong sense of direction and ownership in the new space.
3. Take Time to Explore
Once you move into your new home, take time to explore! Go out and explore to the neighborhood, or to a nearby park. Get to know the new environment and appreciate its beauty. Involve your children as much as possible and try to schedule out a few fun activities to do in the area.
4. Give Yourself Time
Finally, remember that it takes time to get comfortable in a new space, so give yourself some time too. Don’t expect change to happen overnight. Take it one day at a time, and eventually, you’ll feel much more at home!