Kids and moving - moving can be a difficult time for children. Once all the packing and moving is completed, now they need to settle into the new space. For children and teens, this may be the hardest adjustment they have to make. Saying goodbye to old friends was difficult, but the excitement of moving to a new home, a new neighborhood can sometimes reduce the initial anxiety they might feel.
So, to help them make an easier transition, here are some tips and suggestions that you can plan to incorporate into the first few weeks after you've moved.
Take a TourEven if your family has seen the house before, take a tour. Walk them through the space discussing what each room will be, describing how it'll look, what activities will happen there and asking what each member thinks about organizing the space. Cover every room, including the yard and garage, then let them take their own time to explore it. Some families I know suggest playing hide and seek or tag; a game that encourages children to explore. A game that usually works quite well is to create a list of questions that the family members need to answer. Make it like a treasure hunt, with teams and prizes. Examples of questions are: which room is the largest?, which room faces northeast and has two closets?, how many bricks are on the front of the fireplace? This is fun way to find out more about your home and to explore its every surface.
An Essential Box is EssentialMake sure every member of the family packed an essentials box for themselves.
Unpack the Kids' Rooms FirstThe first room you should really unpack is the kitchen, so I usually just unpack the basics - the things we'll need for the next few days.
Get Back into Routine ASAPMost people like routine, especially children and teens. For the first night, you may let the younger members of your family stay up a little longer just to make the night special, but after that, it's important to establish a daily routine. Keep bedtime hours, mealtimes and playtimes consistent. This will help everyone to feel more settled. It's difficult enough to have had their lives disrupted by a move, but to disrupt the daily schedule is even more detrimental; if children are acting out, try normalizing your day.
If you can afford it, consider hiring professional unpackers to help; what may take you days or weeks to complete, unpackers can complete in a day.