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.