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Tips for Moving House with your Child

Planning to move house is an extremely stressful time, but if you’re planning on moving with your family then that’s potentially a recipe for disaster! If you’re moving home with young children then they have the ability to make your move as complex as possible. Thankfully there are many ways you can move efficiently even with the added stress of children. Here are a few hints and tips to get you and your child ready for the big day. 1)    Introduce the idea of moving house slowly. Don’t overwhelm your child with too much information. Try to keep the explanations as simple as possible. 2)    Involving your child in the moving process is key to making the transition as easy as possible for you and your family. Children can often feel left out or as though their opinions don’t matter when it comes to a house move, especially if they’re hesitant or unwilling to leave their current home. Take your child with you when you look for a new home. It’s important your son or daughter sees their new abode so they can visualise and acclimatise to the idea before moving day. 3)    When it comes to packing up your child’s room they should also be as involved as possible. Try to make the job into a game. If you’re de-cluttering your home then think about allowing your kid to sell some of their old belongings so they can make a bit of money. This is a great incentive to get kids interested in clearing up. Try selling online or check your local newspaper for jumble or car boot sales. 4)    Your child might be looking forward to moving day. If this is the case then encourage them to help with loading and unloading (though nothing fragile or too heavy) and also unpacking their room. 5)    You should carefully consider when exactly your moving day is. Is your child going to be at school or is it a weekend, bank holiday or the summer holidays? This should affect your decision when it comes to when you plan to move, especially if you think your child might be a hindrance on the big day. 6)    If your child is against moving house it might be a good idea to consider utilising the help of friends and family to take them off your hands for the day. The idea of change can be quite daunting to a child, and some children will struggle with adjusting to a new home. If you think this might be the case for your little ones then it’s best to have them not experience the high levels of stress that come with moving day. 7)    Your child is going to need help adjusting to their new surroundings. Take the time to unpack and decorate their room with them, if they require the help. Older children might benefit from being given more freedom when it comes to decorating their bedroom, so this is definitely something to consider if you think your child might struggle to adjust to life in a new house.