You bought a new apartment, got a job in another city, ended up building a house – all the reasons to move. For adults, moving into a new house means a lot of work but for the little ones it is like their world is falling apart. Sudden changes are difficult for children, but unfortunately they cannot be avoided. Here are some helpful tips to help your child deal with their stressful situation and get used to the new place? The key is to take a fair amount of time even with the smallest members of the household, remember it requires cooperation and a positive attitude. It is worth it to well prepare your child for the changes which are about to happen.
Start with explaining to your little one what exactly is going on throughout the entire process. Describe your move, packing process and the arrival into the new house. It’s always a good idea to take the child to the new place before you move to show them where their new room will be. It gives them a chance to start planning where to put shelves for their favorite cars or what spot would be best for their doll house. It will make them a bit more involved and keep their mind occupied during the stressful moments.
Remember that children love to be helpers so involve them in your move as much as possible. Let them pack their toys by themselves and ask for help with making paper balls to secure fragile items. Try to include them when shopping for items for the new house. Let them choose the colour of a new toy box or a new pillow for their bed. Ask for their opinion when you’re choosing the new lamp, curtains or things of that nature. It will make them feel important and give you a bit of the break from the intense time at home.
During the actual moving day try to behave as cool as you can. There is nothing worst for the little ones then parents running nervously around shouting to each other or looking for things. Organization is the key. Remember that your child is observing everything and not always correctly understanding what is happening, that can cause unnecessary stress. Be sure to visit any of your child’s friends in your old neighborhood to say Good Bye, and have them give your new address so they can visit them in your new place. Try to let your child furnish their room according to their suggestions. You probably don’t want to let them decide where the furniture should be, but let them put their toys in new places according to their liking. This makes it a more personal experience for them and will make them more comfortable in their new room.
Once you moved remember to spend a lot of time with your little one. They will need a companion while exploring new surroundings. It’s not just a new house, it‘s new friends, new playground, new neighbors and new favorite places. What’s the best way to discover new things than with your parents? Take your time and be patient, remember that boxes are not going anywhere. With these tips you and your child are sure to make great memories in your new home!
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