Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, projecting a playful, upbeat attitude can go a long way towards making moving to a new home feel fun and adventurous. Here are some great ideas to help your kids through every step of the moving process.
Involve your kids as much as possible in choosing the new house
Show them pictures of potential houses online. If you feel comfortable with their maturity level, bring them along when you go to see homes in person. Talk through the options as a family and compile a wish list for the new house. Focus on realistic and attainable details that a new home may offer. Some good examples: Everyone gets their own bedroom, a tree swing in the backyard, or a dedicated play space.
Shop for new bedroom decor before the move
Create some excitement and give kids something personal and ‘just for them’ to look forward to as part of the transition. Pack the new items in a special box and make an occasion of unpacking and setting them up in their new room.
Throw a Party
You can call it a “See You Soon” party or a goodbye party, if it’s more appropriate. Give your kids a chance to say goodbye to their friends and the people they care about in an atmosphere of celebration and fun.
Create a memory board
Help your child create a memory board or collage of all their favorite people and places. This will help honor their memories and bring a bit of the old home with you. Include pictures, notes, and small objects. Create it before the move so it’s ready to hang in their new room after you move in.
Maintain regular routines, but rules can bend a bit
Routines are important for maintaining a sense of normalcy. However, some chaos is unavoidable with any moving scenario. Keep a level head, go with the flow, and allow rules to be broken occasionally.
Make unpacking a game
Hide puzzle pieces inside moving boxes and have your kids locate them as they help you unpack. This game is also productive, because the puzzle can’t be finished until the last box is unpacked! Choose a puzzle with large pieces, and consider buying a duplicate puzzle so any missing pieces can be easily replaced.
Plan a family camp out in your new house
Set up camp in the middle of the living room on your first night in your new place. Pitch a tent, bring flashlights and snacks for a true camping experience. You’ll have family bonding time as you tell stories about your old house and make plans for your new place.
Set up an indoor scavenger hunt
This game will help your kids become familiar with the new rooms and layout. Check the house thoroughly ahead of time for potential safety hazards, then let the games begin as you make your way through all the areas of your new home.