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How to have stress free house move with kids

How to have a stress free house move with kids is a bit of an ambitious title I realise. Putting stress free and kids in the same sentence feels a bit ambitious in itself!

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Moving house is up there with one of the most challenging things you can do as a family and it can bring about many anxieties for children. Losing their home and possibly school friends and neighbourhood too can lead to lots of feelings of insecurity and fear of the unknown. On top of this they have angst ridden, busy, stressed out parents to contend with. No one knows  where anything is for a while and nothing is settled.

Most children thrive in security and routine and with familiarity . In addition to that calm parents provide them with reassurance and comfort.  Moving house throws all these elements out the window. So how can we help them?

Personally I think lots of cuddles and making it into an exciting adventure  will also really help, your attitude will really rub off on them. They don’t need to see your stress.

Countryside have a blog post about this full of excellent advice on having a stress free house move with kids and I have picked out a few of my favourite tips to share with you here.

  • Tour the new home  It really helps if the child has had a tour of their new home and feels enthusiastic about the move and fully aware of what the new home will be like.
  • Unpack their rooms first  I think this is a great idea and will help them settle more quickly with their familiar items around them.
  • Make them feel at home ask their opinions on how they want their room decorating and what will help them settle.

You can read the full blog post and lots more tips here

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  1. November 6, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Pack snacks and activites for the road. It can be very hard for a child to say goodbye to their home and neighborhood. Keep your kids occupied with fun snacks and car activities so they don’t have time to focus on being nervous or sad. It’s also a good idea to leave their favorite blanket or pillow out of the boxes so they can have it with them on the trip.

  2. November 6, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Hold a family meeting. Do this as soon as possible. Gather all your kids and talk about what your plan is and how it is benefiting your family. Let them ask any questions they may have. Let everyone share their how they feel about the move. When a family is going through a big life change, communication is key.

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