Moving with Kids

A move is a stressful event in and of itself. Add kids to the mix and the whole moving process can be seemingly overwhelming. Moving doesn’t have to be stressful for your family. With preparation, planning and organization, the move can be a smooth and fun transition for your kids.

Kids may react differently to a move and the most important thing is for you as adults, to be very positive and upbeat about the move. Be sure to be honest with them and answer any questions that they may have about the moving experience. If you are moving far, and kids are worried about leaving their friends, suggest creative ways for them to keep in touch (pen pals, skype etc…)

As you start to prepare for the move, keep kids busy and excited by getting them involved in the moving process. Assign them tasks to help out with, whether its packing, organizing or getting rid of old items. Getting kids excited about their new rooms may be a fun point for them to focus on. Let them participate in the design process by choosing some items for their new bedroom.

When the time comes to actually move, plan a fun meal on moving day at your children’s favourite restaurant. Celebrate the move with your family and always keep the move a positive experience for everyone involved.

Once you arrive in your new neighbourhood, help your children meet new friends by introducing yourself to neighbours and finding out if anyone has kids around the same age. Hosting a neighbourhood party is a good way to introduce you and your family to your new neighbours. If you are in a new town, consider getting your child involved in some activities where they can likely meet new friends.

In addition, make exploring your new neighbourhood a fun task for the family. Choose a weekly event or family day where you will discover a new park, attraction or restaurant. Kids are very resilient and will transition well often if you stay positive and assure them that this is a great experience for the family.

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Mary O'Brien

Mary O'Brien

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CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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