Moving house is usually thought of as an exciting proposition, and it is! It’s the chance for a fresh start, you get to explore a new neighbourhood and of course, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of setting up a new house and making it your own.
What’s often forgotten is that some members of the family may not be so excited about making the move. Young children love normality and routine. So, there’s a chance the youngest member of your family may be struggling with the prospect of moving and leaving their beloved room as well as school and friends behind.
Kent Removals and Storage has been helping families make the move for over 70-years! During that time they’ve picked up a few secrets to keep the little ones happy:
Kids Love Routine
Children tend to be creatures of habit. They like knowing what they’re going to be doing every day because it makes them feel safe. When their daily routine is disrupted they can respond by being difficult and moody. Their routine is going to be disrupted during a move, but it’s important that you try to limit the disruption as much as possible. The best way to do this is to plan the move around the events they look forward to, like sports practice, extracurricular activities or time with friends.
Extra Time Helps
Moving house takes time. Moving house with children takes even more time. In fact, you need to double your preparation and packing time for every young child you have; kids have a lot of stuff and they can’t help to pack and move it. The more time you give yourself, the less you’ll have to stress as the move approaches.
Introduce Them to Their New Home
The best way to remove the fear and get your children excited about moving is to give them a tour of their new area. Show them new playgrounds, take them to their new school and point out all the amazing advantages of the new area. This process of acclimatisation is vital if you’re moving overseas or interstate.
Stressed Parents Make Stressed Kids
And stressed kids aren’t helpful during a move. On the day of the move, you need to focus on staying calm no matter what happens because your children will take their behavioural cues from you. Staying calm can be tough but the best way to block out stress is to have a to-do list. Every time you start to feel the pressure rising just turn to your list and start the next job.
Moving day is the perfect time to relax and be a little flexible with your kids. They don’t have to eat lunch at 12.30pm or have their designated reading time. They can eat lollies for breakfast and if they want to play on your phone all day, let them! Today is all about the move and you can pick up the parenting slack when it’s done. Moving day isn’t much fun for the kids so let them do what they want, as long as they’re safe of course.
Give Them Some Responsibility
If your kids are starting to misbehave and are threatening to derail the move, give them a few small jobs. It’s amazing how well children respond to responsibility and it also keeps them busy so you can get the important tasks done.
Everything mentioned in this article will make moving with children easier but the best tip is to find a babysitter. Even if you can only find someone for part of the day, it will make a huge difference and the kids will have a lot more fun with Nan or a friend than following you around all day while you pack.