Everyone is skeptical of change, but none more so than your own children. They are still relatively new to the world, and will not have experienced the same things as you have; if this is their first time moving house, then you can’t expect them to instantly take to it. If they do, you’re one of the few lucky ones.
There are certain things that can be done to help ease your child into this new transition. Children are very sentimental, and the attachment that they have to the house that they have grown up with can be huge. This is just one of the things that needs to be remembered to show a little bit of compassion before and during the big moving day.
Throw a Party
If you are moving far away or your children are moving schools due to the logistics of being in a different neighbourhood, you could consider throwing them a leaving party for them to say goodbye to their friends. Make it themed around the place that you are going to and give out gift bags that contain paper, envelopes marked with your new address and a pen so that your child has some great mail to open when they move into their new home. Remind them that they will make new friends just as easily as they have made friends here - your social life won’t just come to a halt because you’re moving house.
Take the Strain Off Yourself
If there’s help available to you, the less stressed you will be. If your children see you uncomfortable or fretful, they will pick up on this behaviour and become worried about what you have previously meant to be bigging up to be a positive experience. All of that hard work will come crashing down. See if there are any family or friends on hand to lend you a hand, or hire some professional movers to take away some of the burden of moving. It may just end up being the best money that you have ever spent - it’ll certainly help the whole move go a lot quicker for you.
Make a Memory Box
Bark rubbings, pictures, old letters, pressed flowers … these are all just some of the things that can go on a memory board or in a box to remind your child of the house that they grew up in. Try and incorporate all of the five senses - this could be a recording of the birds singing in the morning, a smell that is particular to that house, something taken away to touch later on - be as creative as you like in order to essentially take a home away from home. It’s a nice memento to take with you on your journey, and it’ll be great fun for them to look back on when they’re older. Always remember to instill the notion that it will be a different house from the one they know and love, and that the memories will only keep on growing with the new house. As long as they know that the love is still there, everything should run smoothly.