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Involving the kids in the move

Getting the kids involved

Moving can be a disruptive time for families because there are so many changes which will take place. It also affects all members of the family, particularly smaller children whose needs are often overlooked. To help make the move from one home to another as easy as possible for your children consider the following:

  1. Tell your children why you are moving and highlight the positives.
  2. Have a family discussion to focus on what they are looking forward to once you move and what they will be sad about leaving behind so you can look at addressing those concerns.
  3. Ask children what they would like to know about the new area, don’t make assumptions.
  4. Plan a party to say goodbye to friends and develop ways to stay in touch.
  5. Use a calendar to explain what will happen in what order during the moving process.
  6. Show pictures or visit websites highlighting some of the exciting new facilities in the area you are moving to.
  7. Allow children to participate in the packing process.
  8. Try to put children’s possessions on last in the moving truck so they can be unloaded first.
  9. Celebrate your arrival at your new home.
  10. Familiarise your family with the neighbourhood to alleviate their concerns about getting lost.
  11. Help your children plan their first day at school – what to wear, what to take along and how to get there.
  12. Spend extra time with your children throughout the move so that you can understand their concerns and take steps to alleviate them.
  13. Utilise the services of your Harcourts consultant throughout the move for any needs you may have.