Talking to Your Kids About Moving

Talking to Your Kids About Moving

Moving is a fairly common occurrence for most families these days, but that doesn’t necessarily make it an easy adjustment for everyone involved, especially when it comes to children. A parent’s gentle reassurances can go a long way in helping a child sort out their thoughts and feelings regarding a big change. It’s important to talk with your children and answer any questions or concerns that they may have before the scheduled move.


Have a Family Meeting

Choose a time that works best you and your family, and invite everyone to come together to have a discussion. It’s best to give children the news with an optimistic approach, keeping it informative yet simple enough for them to understand. Depending on their ages, they may need some time to process this new information so don’t be alarmed if there is a brief moment of silence afterwards.


Take Turns Talking

Children are naturally curious, so you should expect lots of questions. Although, instead of everyone talking all at once and overlapping one another, it’s a good idea to give each person their own turn to speak or ask questions. Grab a comfy pillow or stuffed animal and take turns passing it from one person to the next; explain to the children that they’ll each get a chance to talk once they are holding the object.


Be Patient

Some children may feel excited and ready to move, while other children may feel anxious or sad. Reassurance and guidance from you is key, as is making sure they know it’s okay to have mixed emotions. Remember to remain calm and patient when answering questions since sometimes children will simply need a little extra information to feel secure about the move. If your child has a hard time processing the news continue to listen and be understanding towards their thoughts and feelings.


Get Them Involved

Getting your children involved with the upcoming move is a great way to encourage them to be positive about new changes. Let the children use their imagination to describe or draw how they might want their new room to look. Show them the pictures of their new home, or even better bring them along on the tour. You could also plan a family outing to spend a day exploring all the fun things the new city has to offer. Children tend to fear the unknown so keep the line of communication open and they’ll be much more comfortable with all the changes. Your peace of mind can set an example for your children by showing them that change can be a good thing.


Hopefully, these tips will help you keep organized and take the stress out of decorating your home for the holidays!


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