You’ve finally found the home of your dreams and ready to start the moving process, in addition to packing and planning your move, one of the hardest things may be preparing your children for the move. Whether your move is to another city or simply to the next block, your children may not be thrilled at the idea of moving. To help you make the move easier on your children, Dean Graziosi has listed some helpful tips to help reduce the anxiety your children may be experiencing.
- Share – The sooner you share your plans to move with your children the more time they will have to come to terms with the idea. You should also share the reason behind the move and let them know that you are excited about the prospect of finding and moving into a new home. This will help put them at ease, and show them that it is a fun process and should be seen as an adventure.
- Ask For Their Thoughts – If your children are older and understand the process of viewing and comparing different home, you should definitely include them in the process. Once you have narrowed down the choices to a few homes that you are interested in, ask for your children’s thoughts about each home. If your move requires you going to another state, show your children pictures of the homes and when possible let them view online virtual tours of each home. Let them see each of the rooms, and ask which one they would like to be their room. This will allow your children to feel involved in the process and not like it is something being forced on them.
- Get Rid Of The Clutter – Share with your children that now is the ideal time to get rid of any clutter or unused items they may have. You can also enlist their help in other rooms of the house. Having your children go through each room with you and asking them what they believe should go, gives them a feeling of importance and that their opinion does matter to you. During the process, you should also let them know that it is okay for them to keep any items that have a special meaning to them.
- Plan A Moving Sale – After you and your children have gone through your home and found items to discard, you may want to plan a moving sale. Your children can help you sort and price everything before the sale. You can then use the proceeds from the sale to purchase something that the children may have been wanting.
Moving can be one of the most stressful events of anyone’s life, it can be especially more stressful for those who have children. Mr. Graziosi recommends that the more you include your children, the easier the process can be on them.