So maybe you’ve found a bigger, better house; you might have been offered your dream job in another town or have just decided to try newer pastures. Regardless of the reason, the moving process can be an uncertain and stressful time for everyone, especially for your children. They may have a range of fears about leaving behind their friends, school and a whole host of things that perhaps you haven’t thought about. Here are some tips on how to make the process easier for you all.
Reduce the hassle of selling – Making the process of selling your current home less stressful will help both you and your children deal with moving house. Your home could be up for sale through your local estate agent, or if you’re wondering ‘how can I sell my house fast?’ consider using an online property portal. You could have an offer on your current home in as little as 24 hours.
Talk to your children – For adults, as well as children, moving can be very worrying and could invoke fears for you all. Many of us feel more comfortable with familiarity and regular routines but during moving it can change dramatically. Make sure you take the time to explain what will happen so that your children can be reassured that they know what is going on.
Bedtime Reading – Books can be a great ice breaker to start conversations about topics that might be hard to broach otherwise. So before you begin to pack away your home, for younger children try using a book as a conversation starter to help them to cope with the situation. ‘I Like Where I Am’ by Jessica Harper and ‘Moving Day’ by Ralph Fletcher are good titles to try. Have a look at amazon.co.uk for more ideas.
Visit new schools – When you have chosen your final home then consider the potential schools that you want your children to attend. Make appointments with the school and take your children to have a look around. Ask your child or children how they feel and their initial thoughts based on their visit. To find out more about the schools in that area have a look at the Ofsted reports.
Involve your children – When looking at potential new locations take the time to explore the area with your family. Consider what your children’s interests and hobbies are and see what is available in the local area. For children leaving their local football team or dance club this will be a big concern so if you can show them an alternative that they could join it should help with the move.
Maintain relationships – No matter how far away you move it is easy to stay in touch with friends and family through today’s technology. Before you leave collect keepsake photos as a reminder of great times. If possible, try to arrange regular visits to see old friends which will also give your child an opportunity to see their friends as well.