1 – Take the children on a tour prior to the move.
2 – Try to transition as slowly as possible.
3 – Let the children decorate a special box.
Let them pack their favorite items in a “special” box. If possible, hold that box out of the moving van or truck. They can keep the box of special items next to them in the vehicle so it’s the first one they open at the new house.
4 – Sight see on the way to your new home – make it an adventure!
No one likes a move but everyone likes an adventure! Before you leave, you can make a list of things to look for on the voyage and allow your children to have a scavenger hunt of types. They’ll be on the lookout for fun and excitement instead of worrying about what lies ahead or asking “are we there yet?”
5 – Have a going away party.
I love a party – and as I get older, I love them even more. It doesn’t pay to get together just for funerals and sad occasions – and what better reason to have a party than to celebrate the new beginning that comes with moving. Gather your friends and family for some fun – and include children’s games and plenty of activities to keep the children interacting with one another. (my little friend Delphine pictured on the right recommends plenty of yogurt pops at the party too!)
6 – Start a scrap book dedicated to your new home and community.
If your children are old enough, they can help you snap pictures, make drawings, and who doesn’t love to add some glitter and embellish an album? This will help your child take ownership in the move and they’ll be making something they can be proud to share with relatives who may live too far away to come see the new house in person.
7 – Help and encourage your children to write letters to their old friends.
Remind them that old friends are silver but new friends are gold (remember the song?). They can tell their old friends about the new people they are meeting and this will help them stay connected to their old community while still finding their own place in the new community.
8- Involve your kids in sports, clubs, & activities.
Just because your little soccer star can no longer be on the same team, it doesn’t mean they have to give up their dreams of playing soccer. Help find a team and befriend some of the other parents. This will help you settle in to the new community while helping acclimate your child as well.
Author – Lisa Van Lanen
Lisa Van Lanen has been a WI certified Realtor since 2001 and has been using her expertise to help sellers sell and buyers buy. Lisa networks with lenders to help both buyers and sellers and she goes the extra mile to make the process as smooth as possible. Past clients have referred friends and family to Lisa knowing they are in good hands. Lisa’s proven track record speaks for itself. Call her today to see what she can do for you at 920-901-8004.