Relocating can be stressful to you, but it’s more challenging and stressful for kids. The big change is overwhelming for a child, and as a parent or guardian, you should try as much as you can to make it easier for them to understand and cope with the change. Whether or not you’ve hired a moving company in Barrie, here are ten secrets to making the entire moving process fun for your children.
- Talk to your kids about your plans to relocate as early as you can. This will give them enough time to prepare for the big change and make it easier for them to accept it.
- According to child psychologists, children should be involved in the home moving decision-making process. Though you may not buy everything your kids say, having them will make them feel included in the ownership of their new home. With that, the transition will be easier for them.
- Note that moving is a family process. Therefore, you should share the responsibilities and excitement with every member of your family. For instance, kids enjoy decorating things, and so, you can let them decorate the boxes that contain their stuff. This will make it easier for them to locate their things once you arrive in your new home.
- Let the children participate in packing your belongings in boxes. However, you have to ensure that they don’t touch items that can harm them. You can allow them to pack their clothes, shoes, play items and more.
- The children’s sentimental items like stuffed beloved toys should be packed in a separate box or bag which movers Barrie can keep close to the kids on the move day. This will make the children feel responsible, and the fact that they are guarding something they treasure will make the entire moving process fun.
- Throughout the moving process, try as much as you can to stay calm. Also, it’s a great idea to allow the kids to express their feelings about the moving process, the new home and anything else.
- Before moving, tour your new home with your family. Unless the new home is far away, you can ride your bikes there. Take the children around for them to familiarize with the place. Besides, you can show them around the neighborhood, the nearest parks as well as restaurants.
- It’s also advisable to let the kids take as many photos with their friends as possible before moving. They will miss them; and having their photos can ease the ‘loneliness.’
- Kids psychologists argue that if there is a way your children can keep in touch with their friends after moving, allow them to do so. This will make the relocation less traumatic.
- Consider making cards containing your kids’ names and the new address and let them share these cards with their friends. If your new home isn’t far from where your kids’ friends live, you can schedule playtimes for them to be with their friends.
If you want to make the moving process easier and fun for your children, follow the tips given above.