Make Moving Easier on Your Kids
Moving is never easy. Add kids to the mix and the level of stress skyrockets. If you're getting ready to make a move, and have kids at home, you need all the help you can get. Our REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW ASSOCIATES have helped families find homes and plan for their move for over 30 years. Here are some tips from our Dallas-Fort Worth real estate pros.
- Start Talking Early
Unless your move is sudden, you probably know well ahead of time that you're moving. Start prepping your kids by talking to them about the move, their new home, their new school, and what they can expect in the days and weeks ahead. If your kids are preschool age or younger, give them about a month for the idea. For older kids, more time is even better. If you have your home picked out long before your move, show pictures, including pictures of what will be your child's room, to help soften the transition.
- Let Them Be Sad
Moving is exciting, but it's also sad. Your kids are going to be more emotional for a few months after your move, and maybe even in the days leading up to it. Losing friends and familiar locations is hard for children. Allow them time to be sad and emotional as you make the transition.
- Make the New Place Exciting
Leaving behind friends and family is hard, but it's a little easier if the kids have something to look forward to. If you can, pull up information about the new location, including attractions, parks, or other family-friendly things to do. Use the Internet to show your kids pictures, and let them get excited about exploring their new home.
- Make Bedroom Plans
Another way to foster excitement about the room is to let your kids plan for their new bedrooms. From choosing the colors of their bedding and curtains and paint to choosing the things they will move, and the things they're ready to leave behind, you can get your kids excited by giving them a say. Let older kids even help with the shopping. As an added bonus, thinking about the new space will make it easier to give up items that are cluttering up their rooms currently.
- Make Plans for Contact
Whether your kids have phones they can use to text their friends or can write a letter to their friends, make plans for staying in communication after the move. Over time as your kids make new friends this communication may be less and less needed, but in the first few months and years after your move, they're going to want to hang on to their old contacts, so make it possible before you leave.
Moving is hard on everyone, and kids feel much more deeply than parents often realize. If you're making the move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, help your kids have an easier transition with these tips. If you're looking for homes in Dallas or Fort Worth, RE/MAX DFW ASSOCIATES can help you find the best one. Contact us to get started on your home search.