12 Tips for Moving Home with Children
Talk to your kids about the move
Deciding to move is a big upheaval for the entire family, so if your kids are old enough to understand reassure them by telling them about the move and their new home as early as possible. Giving them time to get used to the idea will make things easier for you all in the long run. Highlight all the positive reasons for the move, like more space, a bigger garden, or a new school, and give them plenty of opportunities to ask questions or talk to you about their worries.
Show off your new neighbourhood
If your kids are old enough to understand what’s happening, take them to see the new house. Spend some time exploring the local surroundings – concentrate on fun places to visit like playgrounds, the leisure centre and family-friendly restaurants. Seeing all the brilliant new things they’ll have on the doorstep will help to get them excited.
Get the kids to do their packing
Making them feel involved will help take their mind off any worries, so make older children responsible for packing up their belongings. Encourage them to get creative and personalise their boxes with coloured pens and stickers.
Get a helping hand
Challenge them to plan their rooms
If your kids are sad about leaving their bedrooms behind, cheer them up by getting them to think about what their new rooms will look like. Get them to draw their dream bedroom and chat about paint colours, bedding and new furniture you can go shopping for once you’ve settled in. For babies and very small children, keep familiar items in the nursery or their bedroom so it doesn’t look too different to the room they’re leaving. This will help make the move less stressful for them.
Call in a family favour
Moving day is hectic, so make it a little easier by asking a family member to look after your children for the day. Don’t forget to let them say goodbye to the old house before they leave – doing a final walk through as a family is a nice way to do this.
Have family essentials to hand
Pack your family’s overnight essentials in a suitcase and take this with you in your car. Put your kids’ favourite books or teddy bears in here so you’re not frantically rummaging through boxes trying to find something to comfort them with if they’re tired and upset.