Moving with children can be a difficult and daunting task. Regardless of how close or how far the new home is, children are going to have difficulties adjusting to the change. When it’s time to buy a new home there are multiple things you can do to help young children cope and start to adjust to the idea of a new home. Here are a few that could work for you.
Children love to be excited and love to have their parents excited too. Buying and moving into a new home can be stressful so it’s time to crank up the excitement notch. Let the young child or children come with you to visit the new home before move-in day. Talk about all the exciting things that are going to happen. Talk about how their routine isn’t going to be different and that all their stuff is going to come with them.
Let Them be Sad
This is going to be a very sad time for them, and maybe you as well. Having them keep a normal routine up until move day is very important. Try and make sure you give them time to say Goodbye to their room, their yard, or anything else that they want to. Let them know it is ok to be sad about moving. Give them time to process what is happening.
If possible on and around the actual moving day, see if Grandma/Grandpa, Aunt/Uncle, or even favorite babysitter can be on hand to help. You will be busy and keeping a child active and distracted on moving day can help things go more smoothly. Let the child keep help as much as possible, this will help them with the transition. Be aware that even after the move it is going to take time for the child or children to adjust and they may have mood swings and act out. This is just them trying to cope with something that is new and being sad and missing their old house.