Moving house can be a daunting experience for children - they will undoubtedly feel excited about the move, but there may well be some anxiety as well. So we've talked to our customers, shared ideas in the office and done a bit of old-fashioned research and come up with these eight tips for mitigating moving-day stress for your little people.
- It's always a good idea to keep your children involved - giving them responsibility for some tasks will help them feel in control and keep them busy.
- Involve them in packing up their own toys and encourage them to put aside those they no longer play with. Pack their favourite toys last so they are easily accessible upon arrival.
- Consider organising a leaving party. Take photographs of your children's friends, their current home and favourite places. Help them create a scrapbook and make a note of their friends' contact details.
- If possible, have friends or relatives look after your children on the day of the move. If this isn't an option, keep them involved and give them little tasks to do, such as unpacking their favourite toys.
- Keep a highchair, feeding and changing equipment to hand. For older children, make the first night a special one and treat them to their favourite meal and film.
- Keep to a routine. Have the same morning and bedroom rituals and don't change nap or meal times.
- Take your children for a fun day out in the new area and show them local parks, leisure centres, child-friendly restaurants and cinemas.
- Participate in activities such as camps, toddler groups, after-school programmes and community events.
If, despite your best efforts, your children are still worried about your forthcoming move, we can assure you that they will quickly adapt to their new surroundings once they are in - much quicker than the adults, usually!
If you are considering a move and would like to find out more about our family-friendly homes, please contact 01494 671331.