Children thrive on routine. It is in routine that they can become confident, try new things, and discover who they are as a person. Moving is the antithesis of this routine. It changes everything, from the school they go to, to where they sleep, to everything they know about the world. It is for these reasons that children are typically so against moving. They do not want to leave the only life they have known. They do not know how they will rebuild, because what they do not know yet is that moving is beneficial in so many ways.
They not only gain a better home or a better neighborhood, but they will also grow as a person. Being able to start again, make new friends, and build a life for yourself is a crucial skill everyone will need at one point in their life or another. By moving, you can actually better prepare your children for adulthood.
If you can make the actual move better in the present, however, then you have won in all regards. Follow these simple steps, and you can make your next move an adventure, not a disaster:
Involve Your Children
On top of having their routine disrupted, moving is often filledwith decisions that your children will not have a say in. By valuing their opinion, you can help them see the move as something positive. Ask them which house they like best, encourage them to pick out their new rooms, and so on. If you live close enough you can even sign them up for after-school activities or sports teams, so that they can make new friends before you move.
Reduce Your Own Stress
Being prepared can do wonders to help you deal with the financial stress of the move. Being financially prepared can help you get through anything. Work on building your credit, get pre-approved for a loan, know what conveyancing fees to expect, and even budget for fixes to your old and new property. Sprucing up your old home can help you sell it faster, if not for more, whereas sprucing up your new home can help it feel like home right from the start. In order to achieve all of this, however, you need to know your finances and budget. Never buy a property you cannot afford, stay within your budget and work from there.
Tips For Packing
Packing is one of the aspects of moving that everyone dreads. You can make the most of it, however, by de-cluttering first. Get rid of everything that you do not use or value, and you will reduce your workload. From there, be smart about how you pack. Pack by room, label what is in what box, and remember to pack a first-night box. This box should have the essentials you and your family need to be comfortable without needing to unpack several boxes at once. Bedding, towels, and cooking essentials are all excellentitems to put into your first night box (or boxes).
Making your next move an adventure means making it as positive an experience as possible. Help your children to become excited for the move, and lessen your own stress, so that you can all enjoy the adventure as much as possible!