Moving with Children

So you have finally chosen your new location for your home, you’ve found the perfect neighborhood and a city you love, but now you have to convince the kids. Normally, they aren’t too happy by this news, so here are some tips to help the situation go as smoothly as possible!
First tip is to call a family meeting. Get everyone together and talk about the move! Let them know the reason for the move, and how you feel about the move yourself.
If your children are older, then let them help in the selection of the new home. Have them give you some feedback, and if possible allow them to see the possible home choices in person. Ask them to give you their feedback and take their thoughts into consideration.
Make sure to help reduce clutter! Let your kids know that not everything can come with the move. Go through each room with your children and identify what you should get rid of. Once you have chosen what will and will not come with the new move, then sell the rest! Organize a moving sale, and let the kids help.
Next, learn about the new area you are moving into, and share this with your kids. Let them know all the information. Encourage your kids to do their own research and learn about their new home. This can help them become more excited, and the can research possible clubs, organizations or sport teams they want to join!
Next, make room plans. Let your children help decorate the rooms in the new house. Go to the hardware store and look at possible paint colors, go to purchase furniture together, and let them help decorate their own rooms as well. Help them become involved with the new home as much as possible.
If possible, take the kids to the new area for a visit. Walk through the new home, and take the kids on a tour of the neighborhood as well as the city. Let them know where their school will be as well as the closest library. Another good idea is to show them where you will be working as well, help them get excited!
It will be hard for your children to say goodbye to everyone they know. You can help lessen this by hosting a get together party. Let your children say goodbye to all their friends and exchange information, take photos and say goodbye. This will help lessen the anxiety.
Once you are in your new area and your new home, be a tourist! Let your kids tour the town and get to know their community. Take them on a tour, go hiking, visit museums and meet new people! If you follow all these steps, the move will be much easier and will help your kids become excited about the move!

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