Making a move to a new home is challenging for many kids, regardless of if the property is nearby or long-distance. However, relocating can be less stressful and more enjoyable for your entire family with the proper plan in place. The most crucial step is to include the children in the hunt for a new home, no matter how large or small the tasks may be.
Include your children when you hunt for a new home
Children should be part of the house hunting process. Kids often have some solid questions parents don’t always think about when house hunting.
Talk out the Differences
Depending on how old your children are, there will be some issues with the move, such as finding a new job, meeting new friends, or adjusting to a new location. The good news is that you can talk about the move with your children, allowing them to voice their opinions and share any ideas they may have. This can reduce the risk of disruptive behavior before and after the move.
Although you may be moving for more space and other differences, it would be a good idea to keep some things as normal as possible. For example, if you have a large family room you use for movie or game night, it is best to search for homes with these similarities. If you keep some things familiar, it will be less challenging for your children to accept the change.
An experienced realtor can find the features you are looking for in a new home, even if they are similar to the home that you currently own or new additions on your kids’ wish list. Be sure to identify your family’s preferences so that your realtor can help you find a house that will suit everyone’s needs. The more experience they have working in your area, the more likely they will be able to help you find the perfect home.
Explain how the move benefits everyone. Often, children are less argumentative when they know the truth. For example, if the relocation is because of your job, your child may be more open to moving. However, keeping essential details away from your child can make them less hesitant to accept the transition. While younger children may not understand financial reasons, a teenager can and may be more willing to change her siblings’ minds when she knows the truth behind the move.
Visit the Schools
Moving with school-aged children means that they have to adapt to new classrooms, teachers, and classmates. If your children play sports or participate in other extracurricular activities, they will need to adjust to new teams and group members. Therefore, it is essential to let your children visit the schools when possible and go over the educational facilities and activities—seeing things up front could make the changes less intimidating.
Remember that moving can be stressful for you, from finding the perfect location and home for your family, but it can be just as difficult for children. Ultimately, the move should consist of opinions and ideas from the entire household. When everyone is happy, you have more time to make memories and enjoy the new property.
About the Writer: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan