Moving can be a challenge for anyone, even for your children. Some children might be frightened by the prospect of moving, but, with your care, guidance and positivity, the process of moving with your children will be enjoyable for them. No matter what age your children are, clear communication is needed between you and your child, as well as being receptive to their feelings, moods and actions.
Be Patient Moving with Children
Children can be emotionally fragile, so a great deal of patience and care will be needed to address their needs. There’s nothing wrong with including your children, if feasible, in the home buying process – they might enjoy the idea of moving more. If they like a certain bedroom or the backyard, remember to take that into account when purchasing a new home. For children, moving can be a reluctant experience, but getting your child involved and having clear communication with them can help smooth over any uneasy feelings and frustration.
How to cope with child uneasiness
Once the decision to move is finalized, make sure you communicate this immediately to your children. This will soften the transition by allowing for the necessary time the child requires to prepare for the move. By doing this, your child feels well informed and trusting of you. But also remember, children – especially teens – are ingrained in their social circles, so if they are old enough, allow them spend as much time as they can with their friends.
What you can do
The best thing you can do is to be completely open with your child; this is a large transition for them and you need to be as caring and understanding as you can. Moving is extremely stressful for parents when the load of the work is on their shoulders. You will be stressed and will show it, but make sure you don’t expose this to your children – it will just make them stressed and upset. Be positive, enthusiastic and spend time with your child, this may relieve some of your stress too. Be open to the questions and concerns of your child and take time to discuss it with them. While the easy thing to do would be quickly saying, “Everything will be fine,” and going on your way, you must devote time to comfort your kid. This will not only help them with the transition but may also strengthen the relationship between you and your child.
Making an easier transition for your child is crucial for their comfort and emotional stability. After all, it’s your job as a parent to keep your children happy. With some effort and patience, your child will eventually enjoy the new house, and in no time they will be referring to their new surroundings as “home”.