Preparing Children for a Move
Moving expert Cindy Borup shares tips on helping children make a smooth transition from one home to the next.
Tips for a smooth transition:
- Write the date you are moving on the family calendar, so your child is well aware of when it is happening.
- If your children are older, have them pack up their own rooms or favorite items. Supply them with markers, crayons, stickers and labels so they can decorate their own boxes.
- Take pictures or video of the new home or town, so they become familiar with the new surroundings.
- Make a folder for each child that includes brochures about their new city such as theaters, libraries, parks and sports teams. Be sure to include information on activities they enjoy.
- Get a large map of the new area. Locate and mark several of the places you have discussed as well as where the new house will be.
- Ask your children to draw a picture of how they will arrange and decorate their new room. You could even help make a floor plan.
- A going-away party is a great way to create some lasting memories from the "old" home. Have your children help plan the event. Have a special address book at the party where their friends can write down their contact information.
- Another ideas for the party is to buy a plain T-shirt for your child and ask their friends to sign or write a special message on it.
- Give each of your child's friends a postcard that has already been stamped and addressed with your new address, and ask them to send a note after the move.
- Make your child a snack bag for moving day.