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Moving to a New Home with Children

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Children playing with parents while moving to a new home.

Moving with children to a new homes is a stressful time for parents and children alike. It is typical for a child to feel powerless after you tell him or her that you are moving, since they likely have had little input in the matter.

To show them that their opinions are important, which will help give them ownership in the move, you might consider:

  • Making a (realistic) family wish list. Think about what would be nice to have in the new house/neighborhood so that your children can feel part of the new house decision.
  • If possible, take your child house-hunting with you either by bookmarking the houses online, or taking him or her with you if you are in the area.
  • Let your children create their new rooms. Visit our Pinterest for kid’s bedroom designs.
  • Let them go with you to Home Depot or Ace Hardware and pick a few paint swatches or gather wallpaper pattern ideas so they can see a new house in a positive and independent way

There are also things that can be done before you leave, so your child does not feel that you do not respect his or her current way of life.

  • Throw a simple goodbye party to bring closure to your child’s friendships;
  • make a scrapbook of photos and create a booklet with all your child’s friend’s email addresses (or that of their parents) so they can try to stay in contact.
  • Allow your kids to visit all their favorite places if they will be unable to easily do so in the future.
  • Make sure you stay emotionally close to your children during this time, as they will likely have a lot of confusing feelings and will be nervous or scared of the move, their new room, making friends at school, etc.
  • Make sure they know that you support them every step of the way, and be open to play dates with new friends. 

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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