We recently put our home on the market. Although we’d been casually looking for new home in a different school district for a while, we hadn’t wanted to say too much about a possible move to our daughter – until we were sure it was really going to happen.
Now that we know we are definitely moving we are trying to make the move as easy on our daughter as possible. Here are some of the ways we are trying to make the move easier on her.
TIPS For Helping Kids Deal with the Move:
1. Get kids excited about their NEW Room – We have asked for her input on her new room. Would she like different color paint? Should we put the furniture in a new arrangement? Keeping her excited about her “new” room is helping her not to be sad on leaving her old room.
2. Read children’s books about Moving –We are investing in a few good books for children that talk about moving and the emotions that come with that. We are hoping that will give my husband and I an easy in, for asking our daughter to hare how she is feeling about the move at any particular time.
3. Pack Last, Unpack First Rule –We plan to pack up our daughters room last, and to unpack it again – first when we get to the new house. That way there will be very little time during the move where our daughter will not have a safe place that she can call her own. We also hope that unpacking her room first will ensure she has familiar surroundings when she first goes to sleep in the new house.
4. Get kids acquainted with the new space –We are making lots of trips to visit the new house before the move – so she can get comfortable in the neighborhood and get excited about the process.
5. Gather Wisdom from other moms – I’m reading lots of other bloggy friends posts about moving with children, and its helping me to get prepared for our move. Here are some I enjoyed…