5 Tips For Making Moving Easier On Kids

Sunday Apr 15th, 2018


Are your kids excited at the prospect of moving?  A local move within Oakville or a move to a new home further away comes with lots to think about. You’ll need to find a quality real estate agent, prepare your home to sell, find the right new home, and then pack and coordinate moving dates. It’s a lot for adults to handle and can certainly feel like a stressful time.  But what about the kids?  While they aren’t the ones to plan the move, it is important to remember that moving will be stressful for them too. Including your children in the moving process will help them feel more prepared and excited about the change.

If this is your child’s first move, keep in mind that they are leaving the only home they’ve ever known.  Kids may need you to explain what moving means, and be prepared to answer a lot of questions. Kid’s minds are very literal so be ready and open to answer the questions they may have about moving.

Here are some tips to help kids feel more at east about moving.

1. Make a keepsake to place in their new room. If your child has wall paper or a special part of their room they love, use it to make a picture that they can hang in the new house. For example, framing a print of their old wallpaper can make a nice sentimental art piece for their new room.

2. Let your child help decorate their new room. If the room will need to be painted, let them have a say in the colour choice.  A simple new addition like a poster or a framed picture can get them excited about their new space.  Talk about how they would like their furniture set up. Draw out the new space and have them glue on pictures of their bed, dresser, bookshelf, etc.

3. Keep the move a daily topic so that there is lots of time for questions. This is a great tool to measure any stress or anxiety they may be holding on to.  Allowing a continual dialogue about the move will enable you to work through any issues your children might be having.

4. Make a treasure box. Give each child their own box to decorate and pack.  Get out the markers and stickers!  This box can go in the car with you on moving day to help them feel safe and at ease when you arrive at your new home.

5. Involve them in saying goodbye.  Maybe they want to visit their favourite restaurant one more time or say goodbye to their babysitter.  Don’t minimize their desire to do these things – honour what they need to feel comfortable moving on.

6. Take it slow on the first night.  Sleeping in a new room may make your child feel anxious. Unpack their special box of belongings as soon possible. Spend some time with your child in their new room and make sure they know where the light switch and outlets are, as well as where the closest bathroom is.

Reduce Moving Stress With Sue Heddle Homes

With so much to think about when it comes to moving homes, it is worth finding a trusted local Oakville real estate agent who is dedicated to ensuring the process goes as seamless as possible.  Sue Heddle Homes is a local expert in the Burlington, Milton and Oakville real estate market and consistently provides top quality customer service to all clients. Need another reason to contact us? When you list with us, home staging is free! That’s one big thing already checked off your moving to-do list.  Call (416) 906-7998 and let’s talk!

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