Moving can be perplexing and stressful for children, in part because they have little or no role in the process. Involving your children in the house-hunting process can help to alleviate their worries, as well as yours, and make them enthusiastic about moving. Here are some ways to do it.
Talk To Them About The Move
Tell your children where you want to go, when you intend to relocate, and why. Explain that you need to go to a new home and inquire about the things that are most essential to them. When looking at properties online, pay attention to crucial elements such as the number of bedrooms, layout, and pricing, but also to what your children said they wanted.
Narrow Your List Of Properties Down
If you’re moving nearby, it could be a good idea to see a number of properties without your children, then restrict the field to a few top prospects before bringing your children along for a look. If you’re moving far away and will need to travel to look at houses, try to keep the number of home tours to a minimum so your children don’t feel overwhelmed. If you are unable to bring them with you, try video conferencing throughout your walk-through to keep them engaged from home.
Create A Home-Viewing Plan
You are familiar with your children. If kids have short attention spans and throw tantrums when bored or angry, don’t schedule too many house viewings without giving them a break. If your children are young enough to need a sleep during the day, make sure that viewing homes doesn’t interfere with their naps. Bring food, toys, games, and books to keep kids entertained on the journey and while you speak with the estate agent.
Talk to your children about different things as you go around homes, and point out those they said were important to them. Discuss how they could arrange their bedroom, where they would play, and where the family would have meals. If your children are old enough, ask them to make notes on the features of each home so you can go over them and compare them later.
Make time in your itinerary to go exploring in the nearby area, assuming it’s away from your current home. Look for locations and activities that your children might love, such as restaurants, parks, and cinemas, so that they can see the place as their future home.
Talk About Your Feelings
Moving is difficult for everyone. If you are upfront and honest with your children about your emotions, they will be more willing to open up to you. Allow your children to feel sad, but also show them all of the possibilities that change can offer. You’ll be in a better position to help your children think positively once you know what’s hurting them.
Understand How Much (And How Little) To Involve Your Children
While including children in the search for a new house is a wonderful idea, parents must make selections based on considerations such as what their mortgage broker has told them, housing pricing, property taxes, school quality, and distance to work. Make it clear to your children that, although you appreciate their opinions, you will make the ultimate choice.
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