People change environments at different stages in their life. The unsteady financial system, changes in employment, changing the house is the main reasons for moving from one place another. Moving has its pluses and minuses. A new surrounding means new opportunities and this is cause for celebration and cause for uncertainty.
It is always difficult to leave a familiar place and home in which one has lived for a long time, but when you add children to the equation you are adding a more difficult dynamic to the moving process. Moving to a new location means children have to leave their school, their friends and sense of status quo behind. Including your children in the home buying process is a great idea to help kids adapt to the reality that they will soon be moving to a new home in fun way. It also serves as a teaching moment for parents to introduce their children to the process of finding a new home. It allows the child to feel as their opinion also matters in the final decision of where your family will move to, and gets them excited about their journey.
It is important that parents support their children during this time of uncertainty. It is a smart idea to sit down with your kids and explain to them the reasons the family is moving, what it means for them/how this affects their lives and allow them to become comfortable with the idea. You also want to enthusiastically sell them on what to expect with all the new and exciting possibilities the move brings.
The downside of this is that every kid is going to be about leaving the old and familiar behind. Children can be very fragile and it is important to understand that their world is too. It is vital that you support the kids during this period, assuring them that the events to come will should be welcomed and looked as a positive change. It will help them to recover more quickly. Avoid comparing the new with the old, when attempting to explain to your children what is happening. Do not stretch the truth. The creation of lofty expectations can be devastating for a kid’s spirit when the reality doesn’t meet the expectations. You need to tell the truth. No need to build castles in the air.
As the saying goes, “honesty is the best policy”, and that is good wisdom to live by in these instances, but more importantly, when your family has decided on a property it is wise to bring the children along to look at the home you are moving into. Allowing the kids to become accustomed to what will be their future home. It is always a fun experience to show the kids their future rooms. Demonstrate for them what their room will look like, where the bed will go, how big the closets are, where their toys will be placed and all the areas where their fun activities will take place. Familiarizing your children to what their future home is a great way to ease their transition.
As important as it is to familiarize the children with their future homes, it can be equally important to familiarize them with what will soon become their future surroundings. Take a drive with the family around the new area and take a look at the sites. Where are the new stores? Where will they go food shopping? What is their school going to look like? Which park will they go to play? These are all integral fixtures in a child’s world, and need to be made known to your kid in order to allow them to become comfortable with their new surroundings.