So the big move day is nearly here and you want to make sure that the move goes as smoothly as possible for your children. If you are moving up to a larger home it can be a really exciting time for the kids, however, if it’s due to financial difficulties or because of divorce the prospect of moving can be quite a stressful. Children aged between 11-14 can find it particularly difficult because of an increase in hormones and also because if you are relocating into a new area there could be anxiety around leaving an established friendship group. A move can also make children feel as though they are powerless as it's often the parent's decision.
The best way to tackle the move is to, first of all, sit down with your children and let them air any concerns and address them the best you can. Let them know that although they are moving home they will still be able to take their pets and that they will still all be together. If you are moving due to a relationship split then make sure that the children understand that the other parent will still play an active role in their lives.
Highlight the positives of a move perhaps you will be closer to a large park or swimming pool, or perhaps they will be able to have their own bedroom.
If you are moving into a new area allow the children time to say goodbye to their favourite places such as parks they have previously enjoyed going to. Look up places in your new location on the internet with your children so that they can get a clear image of where they are moving to.
On the day of moving make sure your children are out of the way so that they don’t have to endure the stress of watching their things packed onto a removal lorry.
Once you have moved into your new home prioritise the children’s bedrooms, let them choose what type of decor they would like if possible and help them to unpack and settle into their new environment.
Make time to go and explore the new area with your children, pointing out the positives of the move.
Get involved in the local community by joining local groups such as guides and scouts or playgroups, depending on the age of the child.
Once you have settled in make sure your children know that they can talk about any concerns they have about living in their new home.
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