While moving can be a difficult transition for everyone, it can be especially challenging for children. To help make the experience a little easier, consider trying the following ideas to help them adjust.
Take a Tour
Before the big move, walk your children through the new home and explain what each room will be, how it will look, and what activities will happen there. Let them take their time to delve into each space. Suggest playing a game that will encourage them to explore the new home, such as hide and seek.
Pack a Box of Essentials
If your child packs a special box or bag of their favorite items and essentials, everything meaningful to them will stay on-hand and be unpacked first. To make sure they feel a little sense of home their first night, have your child take their box or monogrammed kids’ duffle bag with them to the new home (instead of the movers).
Attentively Help Them Unpack
Helping each child unpack their things and deciding how they'd like their room arranged will help them feel like the new space is theirs. The sooner their possessions are unpacked, the quicker they'll adjust to their new room.
Get Back into Routine
While the first night in a new home is exciting, it’s important to return to normal routines within the next day or two. Keep mealtimes, playtimes, and bedtime hours consistent to help everyone settle and keep the disruption of their regular daily schedule to a minimum.