When you a tell a child that you are moving, they can immediately become anxious or fearful. They may be nervous about where they will be living, leaving their friends behind and/or going to a new school. However, the sooner you can tell your child about a move, the more better you can prepare them and ease their fears. Here a a few tips to help you prepare your child for the upcoming changes in their life.
Involve Your Child in the Planning
When you are planning on moving, involve your child in the planning as much as possible. This will greatly change based on the age range of your child. If your child is a teenager, bringing them along as you view new homes or apartments and allowing them to have some say in what they like may be appropriate. If your child is a toddler, maybe talking about new things near homes, such as parks, is a great way to engage them and get them involved. Getting them involved helps to make them feel like they have some say and control in what is happening.
Use This as an Opportunity to Redecorate Their Room
Another way to prepare your child for a move is to give them something to look forward to. Moving provides you and your child with a fresh start in a new space. Take this time to redecorate their room, if it fits within your budget. Allowing them to pick out new furniture, bedding or decor for their space can make them excited for their new home, rather than being fearful or anxious over it.
Throw a Going Away Party
The last way to prepare your child for a move is to throw a going away party. We all want closure in our lives and children are no different. If you are moving far away, throwing a going away party may allow your child the opportunity to see their friends one last time and get that closure. It also gives them something fun to look forward to during what otherwise may be a chaotic or anxious time in their life.
Preparing your child for a move as far in advance as possible can help ease any fear and anxiety they have over the move. In addition to preparing the child, you should also plan out your move as far in advance as possible for your own peace of mind. If you are planning on moving, getting estimates from a mover and hiring a mover early on can help ensure you get a fair price and aren't scrambling at the last minute. If you are moving in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota, let Hedberg Moving help you. Call us today to get an estimate or to schedule movers for your move.
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