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Moving to a new home can be a stressful time for anyone, but especially for families with children. For kids, the idea of moving away brings up a lot of emotions, and not all of them are positive. Whether you’re moving across town or across the state, here are some tips to help you make the transition from the old home to the new easier for your children.
1) Communication is Key- Kids need special time and attention from the very beginning of the moving process. Once you’ve made the decision to buy a new home, gather the kids for a family meeting as early as possible. Be sure to explain your reasons to move honestly, and be prepared for mixed reactions. Listen to your child’s views about the move, both positive and negative. Continue to tune into your child’s feelings throughout the moving process and keep them informed.
2) Get Your Kids Involved- One way to build enthusiasm about an upcoming move is to involve your kids in the house hunting process. Sit down and make a family wish list of features in your new home. Once you’ve narrowed down your favorites, take the whole family to tour each home and listen to your child’s opinion. When you’ve decided on a home, have a special family celebration. If you’re planning to make improvements to your home, like paint colors, don’t leave your kids out! Letting your child pick out certain features, especially for their room, can help them get excited about the move.
3) Check out the Neighborhood- Plan a day to explore the area around your new home. Visit local parks, movie theaters, children’s museums, and other kid-friendly places close to your new home. If you’re neighborhood has its own park or amenity center, be sure to stop by and check it out. This may even be a chance to meet some of your new neighbors. If you’re moving during the school year, take a tour of your child’s school. This opportunity to meet the teacher and other classmates can help ease your child’s fears about moving away from their old neighborhood.
4) Get Ready to Move- Get your kids involved in the packing process, especially in their room. Moving is usually the best time to declutter your home, but kids can feel upset if their toys and valuables are in danger of being left behind. Have your child go through their things with you during the packing process and help guide them on what to keep and what to give away. You can even consider a treat, like a new toy or piece of furniture, that’s just for the new home.
5) Settle In to Your New Home- On moving day, get your child’s room unpacked and set up as soon as possible. Show them where their toys are and get their input on how to organize their room. Your kids can also help decide how to arrange other rooms of the house. You most likely won’t have everything unpacked the first night, so be sure to pack a First Night kit, with items like toilet paper, a change of clothes, toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as paper plates and utensils. Try to establish your usual home routines as soon as possible. Getting back to normal will help your kids adjust to the move.
We hope these tips help your family have a smooth transition to life in a new home. Are you thinking about making a move in the Austin area? Contact us with your questions about Austin real estate.