Yesterday I talked about how to make the overall process of moving easier. But if you have small children in the house, moving can be traumatic. I thought I would take today’s article to give some tips on how to make moving easier on children.
Explain What Will Happen
Children thrive on consistency and routine. Uprooting them from the home space they have known can be difficult and scary. Use terms that they understand, letting them know that they will be keeping their families and their comfort items. Explaining the process of packing and moving can help, too.
As much as possible, explain the reason for the move. Maybe a parent got a new job or was transferred, or you are moving out of a space that was outgrown. If possible, let the child see the new living space from the outside so he can get used to the looks of the new home.
Reassure Them Their Favorites Will Move
Most children have security items. Let them know that these items will be moving with them, and let them pack the items themselves. Dolly may be more comfortable in a box with a blanket than stuffed in with a bunch of other toys.
Allow your child to leave some items out to carry with her in the car. Having a special stuffed friend along to explore the new house can help it seem less scary.
Keep Necessities in a Suitcase
Children seem to gather dirt like magnets, and having necessities all together in one place can make it easier for you to deal with unexpected events. Having a child who made a close acquaintance with a backyard mud puddle is easier to deal with if you know where some clean clothes and soap are.
Set Up Their Rooms As Soon As Possible
The house will be in chaos for a few days. Setting up the child’s room first can give them a sanctuary away from the hustle. Older children can be left to unpack with minimal supervision, but little ones should have some toys unpacked for them.
Having a place to put the child while you are busy will also give you some breathing room.
Have Plenty of Nightlights Available
Even adults can get disoriented in the middle of the night in a strange space. Having plenty of night lights available can make it easier for the child to find their way to the bathroom, or to help them see their surroundings should they wake up in the middle of the night.
Know There Will Be Anxiety
Moving is an anxious time – not just for the child! Remember that everyone will be feeling a bit disturbed and mae plenty of time for cuddles and reassurances.
Do you have any tips for moving with small children? Share below.
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