Moving to a new home, apartment, or city is usually filled with anticipation and excitement, adults look forward to it. Kids on the other hand need the support and patience of mom and dad to enjoy the move.
Families with kids usually move for the benefit of the children. Larger house, yard, better schools, these are all reasons for kids to get excited. However, leaving everything they know behind can bring on feelings of anxiety, fear, and cause poor school performance, or sleeping issues and other stress related symptoms.
To help your child get past these feelings, and ensure the move will not affect them negatively; kids need reassurances from adults, and to be brought into the excitement of the move.
Here are four tips that can help kids adjust to a move, and overcome moving anxiety.
1. Get your kids to participate in the house hunting and moving preparations, so they feel part of the decision making, they will feel more empowered and in control of the situation. Let them help with looking at new housing possibilities, packing, and deciding which toys go to charity.
2. Introduce them to the new neighborhood. Visiting the new neighborhood in advance, and doing some things they may enjoy, will help them see the positive side of moving and mitigate some of the moving stress. Making some new memories at the new playground, visiting the new school, finding the best ice-cream in the new neighborhood, and other adventures, will help your kids have something to look forward to as they help with the moving process. If you are moving out of town, you can search the new neighborhood on Google maps street view to get a feel for it.
3. Help your children get accustomed to your new home. If visiting the new home is not possible, show them some ideas of what their room could look like. Discuss where their things will go; if you plan on repainting the new home, involve them in choosing the color. Discuss the benefits of the new home, if it’s larger, has a bigger yard, or is closer to fun activities. Go see it a couple times before you move if possible.
4. Hire a reliable mover! This one is easy; moving with a reliable company will help take some of the stress out of the moving process for you, and your children. From helping plan your move, to expert packing services, to reliably moving you across town or across country, Peachtree Movers will be there for you to help save time, reduce anxiety, and guide you through the moving process to free up some of your time so you can be there for the ones that need you most.
Call Peachtree at 404-355-8877 today for a free moving estimate or visit us online at www.peachtreemovers.com for more helpful tips.