Moving may be challenging to a parent but it’s much more stressful to a child. Kids will feel anxious and scared of moving to a new home, even when they don’t show it. It is thus very important to reduce the anxiety the may face by doing whatever it takes. One of these things is by talking to your preferred moving company and letting them know well in advance that there are kids involved. It will be helpful if they get to know the age of the kids as they will take that into consideration while relocating. However, the buck stops with the parent to make the experience a less scary one for their kid.
Involve kids in the planning
The very first thing you need to do is to involve the kids in the planning process. Let them know what is about to happen and let them freely express their thoughts about it. Depending on the age of a child, let them know why you have to move. Be honest with them on this.no matter the circumstances that made you relocate, focus on the positives, if your child notices some sadness in you, it is likely that they will be sad too. You will be surprised that kids will often have some new perspective about the relocation you hadn’t thought off. This will help you address their concerns however minor they may seem to you. If possible, travel with them to the new home to get them have a feel about it. Show them around, their rooms, and the play area. This will help them get a mental picture of what it will be like.
Always reassure your kids that everything will be alright. Address all their concerns. Kids will mostly be concerned about losing their friends. Let them know that they will meet their friends again and will make new friends. If they are concerned about leaving their room let them know you will make their new room just like the old one.
Have them pack their toys
When packing your stuff, allow kids to pack their toys in one box. This will make them feel part of the process. They will also feel safe that they will have their new toys with them in their new home. The toys will also keep them occupied throughout. In the new home, let them unpack the toys and play with them as you arrange your stuff. If you plan to spend the night in a hotel, it would be wise to have the child carry a few toys with them. You might also consider having someone help with the kids during the day you move to avoid any accidents.
When you arrive in your new home, it would be a good idea to start with the kid’s room first. Make it functional before you start arranging any other stuff. Moving is hectic and your child may be tired. They may have a rest or sleep as you go on with your other business. In line with this, you should pack their stuff in one box for easier unpacking.
For the first few days, try to take your kid out to discover all the amazing places that are available in your new location. An ice cream shop, a kids park, a playground will ease your kids’ anxiety and help them settle in and make new friends. At home, establish your old routines as quickly as you can. Meal times, bed time, play time just like in the old home will make the kid settle in much faster.
Kids adapt much more quickly to new environments than adults do. However, they need to be assured to reduce any anxiety they may feel beforehand. We at Bargain Movers aim to make the relocation process as smooth as we can for your kids. With our experience, we can advise you on what to do. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get a free quote.