Tips for Getting Your Children Excited About Your Upcoming Move

Moving can certainly be a stressful time, especially for your children. Here are some tips for getting your kids excited, rather than angry or unenthused, about the move.

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I recently had the opportunity to work with two homeowners who wanted to sell their home in our neighborhood. They have several kids each, which was no small aspect of the process. Today I want to discuss how you can prepare your children for a move, whether you’re buying or selling.

Involving kids under the age of 18 with a move can be a challenge for any parent. Getting a child ready to move means, often, uprooting them from their school, their friends, and everything else they’ve grown accustomed to as long as you’ve lived in that house.

My first recommendation is to get the kids involved as soon as possible so that they feel a part of the process. This could mean asking them to stage the house or sorting through their things to donate any unused items. Passing unwanted things down to other kids who might enjoy them should make your children feel good.
Get the kids involved as soon as possible so that they feel a part of the process.
Second, get them excited about the next house. Discuss the layout of the new neighborhood, or better yet, drive them to it so they can see with their own eyes. Help them get to know the new school they’ll be attending and the fun areas around that they’ll be able to enjoy. It’s so important for a child to be able to visualize their lives after the change of houses, so doing these things will help them understand just how great the next step of the journey can be.

Finally, ask them what they want their bedroom to look like. Bring them to your new home and let them start making plans for how they want to arrange their new space. Give them options for colors, furniture, and so on so that the move can be a fun, memorable event with lots of good things to look forward to.

If you’re moving soon and have questions about how it will impact your children, feel free to reach out to me. I have plenty of stories and ideas to give you that should help make your move a great transition for everyone.


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