Moving is always easy. Moving with children? Even less so. Moving during the school year can also add more layers of stress and concern for both parents and children.
Here are some tips to help your mid-school-year move go smoother.
Start Packing Early
Start packing and purging early, even before you put your home on the market if you plan to sell your home in the near future. Getting a head start on packing will make it easier when the time comes to move.
Talk to Your Children
Be open with your children from the beginning. Let them know a move is coming and walk them through what that process will look like and the changes they can anticipate. Listen to their worries and ease them as much as you can while acknowledging and validating their fears and concerns.
Research New Schools
Another thing to do before you put your home on the market, if you can, is to research the schools in various catchments to see which ones you want to consider sending your kids to. This will give you a better idea of where you want your new home to be.
AFTER PURCHASING YOUR NEW HOME
Visit the New Neighbourhood
Go with your children to visit their new school and the surrounding areas, including parks and bike paths. Eat at a local restaurant or coffee shop to show them what the neighbourhood has to offer.
Involve Children in Moving Preparations
Let your children pack their own rooms or help you label boxes. Take them with you to drop off donation items. Any time you can include them in preparations, the better!
Go Shopping Together
Decorating a new home is one of the most enjoyable parts of moving—at least for some people! Sit down with your children and see what kind of ideas they have for their new room. Maybe start a Pinterest board for them that you can add inspiration to together. Then, go shopping together! Thrifting is a great way to get more items without breaking the budget.
Have a Moving Away Party
We won’t call it a Goodbye Party because that has a sad, negative connotation. We want our children to know that even though we won’t be living right by their friends anymore, they can still visit! Let your kids help plan the party and decorate.
Get Their Friends Phone Numbers
There are so many ways for children to safely communicate with their friends these days. Facebook Messenger Kids allows parents to control who their children add as contacts and see what they’re sharing with each other, along with other security measures. If your children prefer Roblox or FaceTime, ask their friends’ parents if you can add them. There are so many ways to stay in touch these days!
Ultimately, be supportive and check in with your children often. Alleviate their worries when you can, and validate their fears. Share your own concerns with them, too. Eventually, you will all settle into your new surroundings and begin making friends and memories together in your new home.
When it comes to selling one of your most valuable assets, you want to work with someone you can trust, an expert who can help guide you through every step of selling your property. I understand the stresses that can come with selling your home and moving, as well as being a parent, and I will make this process go as smooth and stress-free as possible for you.
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