Though there may have been a time, perhaps in your 20s, when you couldn’t imagine living anywhere besides that musty apartment you rented above that one bar, it’s common once you start planning a family to find yourself searching for a different kind of housing situation in an altogether different neighborhood.
People have 101 reasons to move, and let’s face it, caring for your kids is often at the top of that list. Another obvious reason why families move is that they simply need more space. Other common reasons include the want of a better school district and a more family-friendly area.
Whatever is motivating you to consider moving, one question has probably been on your mind: How do I move with kids?
Having the moving talk
One of the best things you can do for your child is to let them know well in advance that you are moving. Tell them why you’re moving, what they can look forward to, and all the good things awaiting them in the new house. They will have new playgrounds to enjoy, for example, they can decorate or paint their room the way they want it, and they can look forward to meeting new friends.
If you can, take them on a tour of the new home. Make it a fun outing. Buy them ice cream afterward or take them to a movie. The idea is to create a positive experience so they will associate the new home they’re moving into with good things.
Kids respond in different, sometimes unpredictable ways, of course, and it can be heartbreaking to watch yours melt down or cry about how they don’t want to move. If this happens, take the time to reassure them about the good things ahead. Listen to them and allow them to be open about their fears and worries.
In order to ensure they come around, you might have to spoil them a bit.
Stay positive and make it fun
No matter your age, moving can be stressful. With kids, you need to be careful about how you deal with stress. If they see that you’re upset about moving, chances are they will be, too.
The challenge at the end of the day is to make moving fun and get them excited about it. You can do this by:
- Keeping a schedule and having a list of things they can do to help with packing. Reward them for staying on schedule.
- Making sure the first time in the new home is fun. Psychologically speaking, this will build positive associations with the new house.
- Planning some fun activities for the first night.
- Making a list of outings for you and your family to do in the new neighborhood.
Whatever your situation, if you’re considering moving, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They have invaluable experience and know how to help you find success.