How do I make moving less stressful for my child?

Date: 14 September 2014
How do I make moving less stressful for my child?
Anyone who's ever moved house can attest to how stressful the process can be. However, it can be even more upsetting for small children.
 
After all, young ones may not understand why they're being forced to vacate the only place they've ever called home.
 
With this in mind, it may be a good idea to focus on ways to reduce the stress of moving for your child.
 
Don't spring it!
 
Small children may not understand the intricacies of property investment or why moving closer to the office makes more sense, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't sit them down and talk to them about why you're moving.
 
Try to help them get used to the idea as soon as possible. This way they'll have plenty of time to prepare without feeling like the whole ordeal has been sprung on them.
 
Get them excited
 
Moving may be scary to a child at first, but with a little help, you can transform fear into excitement.
 
One smart way to do this is to tell your little one that with a new bedroom, they'll be able to arrange and decorate it any way they want. This can get them feeling like they're in control of a new situation and allow them to focus on something positive.
 
Give them a job
 
No child likes to feel left out, and this holds true during the moving process.
 
A good way to combat this is to give young ones special jobs they can do during the move, whether it be keeping track of their box of toys or taking care of the family dog.
 
This way they will feel like they're involved and helping out, giving them less time to think about the big changes taking place and feeling alone.
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