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A Stress-Free Adventure: 5 Tips for Moving House With the Kids

Moving house can be quite stressful, especially for the kids. Having to re-adjust to a new home and location can be overwhelming for anyone. Then add in having to find new friends, changing schools, and moving away from everything that was important to you in life, and you’ll start to understand more of what the kids go through.

So it’s important to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible, for the children and for your sanity. The perfect move, where everyone is excited and nothing goes wrong might not be possible, but apply these 5 tips and moving house with the kids will be much easier.

1) Tell Them Everything

Experts say that the earlier you tell your kids you’re moving, the better. The more time they have to come to terms with moving, the easier they’ll find the big day.

You should also help them understand everything about the move. Why you’re moving, when you’re moving, how they can stay in contact with friends, what the new school is like, and what their new room is like.

They’ll feel much more comfortable if they understand everything intellectually, even if they don’t like it.

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Experts say that the earlier you tell your kids you’re moving, the easier the kids handle the big day.

2) Show Them the New House in Advance

This takes our first tip one step further. If they’ve seen what the new house is like, when the big day comes, they’ll feel more comfortable because they’ll already be somewhat familiar with it.

It’s also a good idea to show them the surrounding area. The school they’ll be attending, the nearby parks, restaurants, shopping centres, etc. Anything that will help familiarise them with their new home.

3) Let them Pack their Own Rooms

Not only will letting your kids pack their own rooms teach them some responsibility and organisation skills, but it will also help them out when they’re unpacking.

Instead of digging through random boxes with frying pans and toiletries, they’ll know exactly where all of their possessions are and how to get them.

4) Pack Their Most Valuable Possessions in the Car

The kids will feel much more comfortable knowing that their most prized possessions are close by and not lost. A child’s most valuable possessions act as sources of comfort. By packing them in the car, they’ll be able to quickly find them when they start feeling overwhelmed. So pack everyone’s valuables in the car, regardless of what they may be, not the removalist van.

For more packing advice, take a look at our 12 excellent tips here.

5) Be Positive and Have Fun

This is the most important tip of all. By being positive you’ll reduce any uncertainties they have and by having fun, you’ll turn the whole experience into an exciting adventure.

If you approach the move with dread and negativity, they’ll unconsciously pick up on that and unknowingly feel anxious and uncomfortable about the move. Enthusiasm, excitement and a sense of adventure will sooth any doubts the kids may be having.

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This is the most important tip of all. By being positive you’ll reduce any uncertainties they have and by having fun, you’ll turn the whole experience into an exciting adventure.

And finally, finish the adventure off with a bang. Have a bbq, order pizza, and of course, grab a couple of beers for the adults. Then watch a family movie before finally tucking them safely into bed.

Moving house with the kids doesn’t need to be overly stressful. It may take some time for them to settle in, but by applying these 5 tips, you’ll be off to a great start.

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