Moving home is an exciting and major life moment but for children it can be a difficult time. Some children often struggle to adjust, feeling as if they don’t have control or a say in the big event. Here we look at some ways to help them feel more involved to provide a smooth transition.
To help children accept and embrace this change it is important to make them feel like they are a central part of the moving process. By taking them around their new home they will be able to see what it is like and even potentially help you make some important decisions. Exploring the local area is also key, as this will enable them to imagine what this new chapter might look like. A run around the local park and a ride on the swings can have a big impact!
Saying goodbye to a familiar home is usually the hardest part for children to accept. No matter what their age, involve them in packing up their old room. By encouraging them to choose what they want to take with them and what they want to give away, you are gently helping them to accept the move. It also gives you a special opportunity to discuss the memories you share with particular items and show how they are still coming with you.
Once the move is complete, children will need time to settle into their new home, school and neighbourhood. To help them with the school move try and arrange a visit, this will allow them to meet teachers, potential new friends and generally highlight to them the similarities to their old school. On their first day make sure they know the school’s routine, pack a special lunch and make them feel safe. Going forward, encourage them to become involved in local activities and ask them about their new friends.
Overall, just remember it is going to take some time for them to adjust. Allow your child and yourself time! Before you know it, you will both be feeling a lot more at home.
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