Talking to your Children about Moving

Moving is one of the five most stressful events of your life. From finding apartments for rent to packing everything up, it can be a nervous time for anyone. When you add children to that mix, it can add even more pressure to the situation.

Different kids respond in different ways to the news that they’re packing up and moving to a new home. So here are a few ways from to talk to your children about moving.

1. It’s recommend you let your children know as soon as possible that you’re moving. They will need time to get used to the idea. And if you are moving far, it will give them time to let their friends know.

2. Tell your children you are open to questions about moving. If you let them know you can discuss things then it will help them feel more comfortable about moving. For example, if they ask you if there will be any parks near by, you could suggest they get online to look. Having them feel like they are a part in the moving process will make them feel less worried about the whole process.

3. Your attitude can affect the way your children react. If you have a bad demeanor about moving then chances are your children will too. Acting upbeat and excited about the move can lift your child’s spirits as well.

4. As we said before, it is important to encourage your children to help in the moving process. Let them know that you are moving as a family and everyone is going to help with the planning, organizing, packing and moving. Doing this will help your children feel appreciated and bring the whole family closer together.

Think of moving as a new adventure and encourage your children to participate. There will still likely be some tears shed, but it will help the overall outcome.