Doing a house move is hectic, tiresome and time-consuming. It’s never easy to move house and leave everything you are used to behind. If you need to relocate and you have children, the move might seem even harder than it should be. The biggest reason for that is because children find it really hard to get used to the idea of the move and all the changes they have to face. Saying goodbye to their friends, leaving the familiar neighborhood and their favorite places in town, changing the school and their usual routine is a dreaded situation for every child or teenager. It is even tougher for parents when they have to organize so many things and find time to keep tain their children’s lives. One of the first things to do if you want to ensure a closer to normal first stage of the move, is to talk to your children. Explain the situation as it is – the move has a reason so be honest about it. If you have teenagers get ready to deal with some drama and frustration. The problem with this is that teenagers tend to shut out others and stay in denial about the whole situation. You will probably have to give them a few days or even weeks before asking them to help out with the moving process.
List the positive things of the move and try to make your children understand. If you are moving to a safer neighborhood, a bigger town or they will go to a better school, the changes might be better than they expect. Help them see the positive sides of the move and the new area. If you have a layout of the new flat or house sit down and discuss how the new home should look like. Let everyone give their suggestions. If your children know that they can arrange their rooms the way they want to, choose the colour of the walls and even some new furniture pieces, they will get more excited about the move. Try to get them involved, but don’t pressure them if they don’t want to pack china and books. The key to an easy and problem-free house removal with children is in the right communication and the certainty that everything is well-planned and organized. If they see your confidence about the moving process, instead of the stress and frustration (which are also usually inevitable), they will eventually feel more positive about it too. Without doubt, it depends on you how your children will see the change – as a new opportunity and a new beginning for the family or as a terrifying new experience. Discuss the new school with them and take a trip to the new town. If your children see the school and meet their teachers before the move, they will feel more confident and less stressed out. The first days after the move will be extremely hectic and busy for everyone. Your children will inevitably feel nervous about the new area and school, so think of something fun  to do together. Take them to the cinema, to a nice restaurant or sign them for a sport or another activity. Try to go back to the usual routine, despite all the piles of unpacked boxes around the house. The quicker you turn the empty space into a home, the faster your children will adapt to the house and the new location.

Article by AngelaHarpert

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