If you find yourself needing to move, chances are you’ve already got enough things to be stressed about. Between selling your house, packing, finding a new home, etc. the added factor of your kids can put the stress over the top. Try out some of these tips to make the moving process easier on your kids, and you too.
Talk to Them Ahead of Time
Moving can be a big adjustment for kids. They’re leaving behind all they’ve ever known, and that can be frightening. The best thing you can do for them is to give them plenty of time to process the change. Let them know what’s going to be happening well ahead of time. Be patient with them, and answer any questions they might have. Helping your children understand why you’re moving can help them come to terms with it. Involve them in the process as much as possible. These decisions affect them too, so give them some amount of say in the decision making process. This will all help them to better adjust.
Don’t Let the Process Drag Out
The state of limbo you experience when moving is stressful for you, but it’s doubly so for your kids. Children don’t have the mental capacity to understand fully why things are so hectic. This can lead to mental health difficulties for them, and can cause them to act out. Try to get everything settled as quickly as possible. Cash buyers will often take your house regardless of the condition. The real estate market is good for sellers at the moment, so it should be a relatively simple process. Work with a quality realtor to help the process go more smoothly.
Make it an Adventure
Kids want to have fun in everything they do. The act of moving is a difficult process for them, but you can make it exciting by turning it into an adventure. Present it as if they have the wonderful opportunity to see and experience somewhere new! They can find new parks, toy stores, portals to fairyland, etc. This can also help you let go of some of the stress that comes from moving, and focus on the positives. This may be trickier than it sounds, but there are exciting new things to see in every place that can help you get your kids on board. Anything you can do to make the transition more pleasant for them will help you in the long run.
Moving is a stressful process in and of itself, but when you factor in kids it reaches another level. Ultimately, you are the best example for your children of how to handle the changes that come with moving. The best thing you can do is show them a positive attitude, and try to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
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