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Helping Kids Adjust to a New Home

Moving is hard, and moving with children is harder. Luckily, the Columbus movers are here to offer you some helpful tips to getting everyone settled into your new home. Ironically, you don't have to change much--just keep up with what you've always done to help kids realize home isn't where you live, it's who you are with.

Got a few weeks or months before your scheduled move? Break the ice early. Tell your kids that you have to move, for whatever reason, and ask if they have any special requests. Making them included in your family's move will make them feel important and also they will appreciate the gesture. Maybe they want a new bicycle to navigate the suburb streets, or a playhouse to invite new neighbors over to play in. Really, don't underestimate or overlook your children's input in this scenario.

Stability is a huge factor in transitioning into a new home. Kids are often affected by this the most, and it's important that you remind them who your family is and that things are the same. By having dinner together as a family, for example, children will feel more inclined to open up and speak about their day, their school, and most importantly, their feelings. You want to keep lines of communication open so that children know they have the right to speak freely amongst your family.

Also, aesthetic tricks can go a long way. While some kids will love all that is new, some will certainly be homesick for your previous residence. There's really no way to predict how a child will react. However, if they are missing the old place, why not paint your new one similar to the old. Decorate their rooms in a similar, if not the same, way.

Remember, while moving is difficult for all people to some extent, it is especially heartwreching for kids. They are leaving behind relatively all they know--friends, neighborhoods, schools, etc., and for several weeks it's like part of them is still at the old home. It's important to exercise patience. If you have any other questions on helping your family assimilate, peruse the articles here. We've been helping families move for four generations, and we've seen it all!