Written by: Steven Petter
Moving house is stressful and moving house with kids is even more stressful! That’s a fact of life, even though it’s a time for excitement about the future and new starts, the logistics of getting your stuff from your old home to your new one can be a nightmare. For children a move can be a very uneasy time, especially if they have only ever known one home, so when you are moving home and you have kids it’s important to take time out to reassure them about the future.
Tell them right away
Most important, tell them as soon as possible! As soon as you know it’s 100% finalised then sit them down and have a talk, ask them how they feel, they may be excited or they may be apprehensive. Some time before the move take them to see the house, even if you can’t go inside, let them see the area take them to any parks that may be close or shops nearby, if you can, do this on a day when it’s really sunny so everything looks as good as possible, make it exciting for them.
Children are clever, if you show signs of being worried then they will pick up on that and start to worry too, remember, they take their queues from you so if you are excited then they will know there is nothing to worry about. Another good idea is to take them to the DIY store and let them pick their own paint or wallpaper for their room, anything that will help them to personalise the space and make it theirs. You don’t have to spend a fortune but allowing little Molly to have one pink wall isn’t the end of the world and will help her settle into her new surroundings quicker.
Keep them away or at least occupied
On the day of the move sending your kids to stay with a friend or relative for the day would make your life easier, unless you are moving a very long way in which case this may not be possible. If you really can’t get someone to look after the kids then get them involved, assuming they’re old enough to do so, letting them start to arrange things in their room for example might keep them out of the way.
Keep belongings together
One of the biggest things to remember is to keep all of the children’s rooms together and accessible, getting everything into their rooms means that if they get bored then toys or activity equipment are easy to find. You may also want to make sure you have time in the evening to get the kid’s beds built and get the room in some kind of organised state to help them settle early and sleep better that first night, if nothing else gets done then at least make sure the children can sleep in their own rooms from day one, it will help them in the long run.
Have a break
Lastly, don’t forget to stop for lunch and have a break, when you get into the nitty gritty of moving it’s easy to loose track of time because you want it all done as quick as possible, make sure you sit down with the kids and get them to drink and eat, even if it means giving the removal men half hourÂ tea break. When moving make sure you know exactly where the food and drink is so you can get to it easy if the kids get hungry and most important get the kettle plugged in early, you will need a nice cup of tea.