Relocating can sometimes be difficult for children to handle. Here are a few tips for helping children cope with the move:
- Show the children the new home and their new room prior to moving. If this is not possible, pictures or videos will help them visualize where they are going.
- Assure children that you won’t forget their friends.
- Make a scrapbook of the old home and neighborhood.
- Throw a good-bye party. At the party have their friends sign a t-shirt.
- Have your children write good-bye letters and enclose their new address. You may wish to call the other children’s parents so that they will encourage return letters.
- When packing, give your children their own box and let them decorate it. Start a scrapbook for your new home.
- Visit your children’s new school, park, church, etc… Take a camera.
- Help your children invite their new friends over to your new home.
- Let your children choose a new favorite restaurant that is close to the house. This will help them feel in control of their new world.
- Encourage them to send letters about their new home to their friends.
- Involve your children in groups, sports, and activities like the ones they used to participate in.
Remember, even if you only lived in a home for a few years, to a young child it is nearly their entire lifetime.
I always give my clients these tips for helping children cope with the move. Hopefully, you will find them helpful too!
Below are several other tips to consider when buying or selling a home:
How to Evaluate a Neighborhood
10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home
Home Buying Checklist
Great Tips for Relocation
Home Buying Packet
Buying and selling a home can become much simpler with a real estate professional. If you are thinking of moving, I’d love to help!
Thinking about making a move? Contact Natalie today, 949.929.5727.