LJ HOOKER EBOOKS Your Complete Moving Guide - Page 20

Your Complete Moving Guide Preparing Your Children Chapter 8 Preparing Your Children For The Move Children can become quite upset when moving house - whether it’s the unfamiliar surroundings or perhaps leaving friends behind. As a parent, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure your child is happy during the moving process. Prior To Moving Day A family meeting is often the best way to explain that you are moving house. This way, you can address any questions or concerns your children might have in an environment where they’ll feel secure and supported. Explain to them that you’ll need their help and cooperation so they feel like they’re part of the process. Even if you only give them a small job to do, such as packing up their toys or books, they’ll feel they’re playing a vital part. You might find that taking your child along with you to view potential new houses will make them more comfortable with the transition. Their feedback on the home is extremely important, so take some of their comments and concerns into consideration. Moving cities or countries can be an extremely hard process for some children, as they’ll need to leave their friends behind. Make sure you host a leaving party for your kids at your home or at their school to ensure all proper goodbyes and “see you soon’s” are said. 20 Brought to you by ljhooker.co.nz