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You should be excited moving to your new home, right?
It is way bigger than your current house, it has more rooms – in fact, it even has an extra guest room where grandma can stay during long weekends, it has a large backyard with a landscaped garden.
Then why it is so hard convincing your children that moving to your new home is the most awesome event of the year?
Moving to a new home may be exciting, but it can also be incredibly stressful for you and your children.
Children tend to be attached to persons, things and places which will make them vehemently oppose the move. They also feel frustrated because they feel so powerless. They feel that everything is being decided by the older folks.
To make the move easier for your kids, try to get their inputs. Understand how they are feeling and offer ways on how you can ease the stress of moving.
- Discuss about the special things your new home will have which your current home does not have. The kids may have their own rooms, it is near the mall or the school, the backyard is bigger. Make them think of what they can look forward to, so that they won’t
dwell on the sadness of leaving their old home.
- Take the kids along for a visit to your new home.If they are going to have their own rooms in the new house, let them choose their room’s color and decoration.
- Involve them in packing. Let them decide which special things they would want to bring along (although limit their choices because they might want to bring all of their stuff!) and which to leave or give away.
- Host a good-bye party. The kids can invite their friends and you can invite yours for one last get-together before the move.
- Go around your neighborhood one last time. Give the kids a chance to say goodbye to special people and places in your old neighborhood.
- Help them make a scrapbook with photos full of memories of your old home.
- Buy them a notebook where they can write down their friend’s name and contact details.