You've found your dream home, taken a new job, or just decided it was time for a change of scenery. Now it's time to explain what it all means to the kids. The following tips will ease the transition and help get the little ones excited about their new home!
1. Plan a Family Meeting: This is the time to sit everyone down and talk about the upcoming transition, what it means for the family and what to expect. Moving is stressful for kids and they will no-doubt have lots of questions. Staying upbeat and positive will go a long way in easing their minds. Plan with the kids how to keep in touch with their friends, give them details on their new school and let them know that their opinion matters. A little empowerment will go a very long way.
2. Include the Kids in the Home Search: Ask what is important to them in a home...a big yard? A play area? Keep their input in mind and take the kids along when you find houses that really interest you. The more involved they feel, the easier the move will be for the whole family.
3. Yard Sale: Moving is the perfect time to purge unwanted items and old clothes or toys the kids have outgrown. Let the kids keep the money from their own items and plan a shopping trip together once you've settled in to your new home. It will give them something to look forward to and be excited about. Items that don't sell can be donated to shelters, making them feel good about supporting other children. Win, win!
4. Research: Find out as much as you can about the new area you'll be moving to. If your kids have after school activities they enjoy now, try to find comparable programs in the new town and enroll them. Routine is important for kids and keeping the hobbies they love will make them feel more secure. Plus it's a great way for them to meet new friends!
5. See You Soon Party: Before the big pack-up, have your kids friends and parents come over for one last get together. Create an address book for the guests to sign, with a space for messages and contact information. Plan visits with other parents to keep the kids in touch. Losing touch with friends is a big concern for kids so giving them a way to keep in contact will be a big stress relief.
6. Room Design: Once you've moved, let the kids choose the theme/color scheme of their new room--make it fun! Ask them what they would like their room to look like and go shopping together. A day of shopping, painting and designing will be fun for them and create great first memories in their new home. Having their own sanctuary space that they created will be the best thing for their peace of mind.
7. Explore!: When you've settled, plan a family adventure day to scope out the new area together. Do a little research first to find places that will get the kids excited. Making them feel comfortable in their new surroundings is the key to a successful transition.
Before long your family will be adjusted and loving your new home!