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Tips for Moving With Children

January 22, 2023

Moving is stressful for adults, but it can also be stressful for children who may not understand the reasons and changes. Communicating with them, in ways they understand, right from the start is one of the best steps you can take when you first start looking at Columbus GA homes for sale. To make the move easier for children, do as much research as possible to determine the best ways to help your child. These are a few tips to get you started and hopefully make it easier for everyone.

One of the reasons it’s important to talk to your children early on about the move is that they may have trouble expressing what they’re feeling and may act out, as a result. They may feel scared and overwhelmed and confused. Give them time and room to adjust and try to help them find the words that may express the feelings they’re experiencing.

Once you have a clearer schedule, it may help to create a calendar that they can understand, potentially marking days off and having certain milestones marked along the way. Make sure you include time for them to say goodbye to people, as well as places, if they want. If you’re not moving too far away, then also make plans for visiting friends so it doesn’t feel so final.

Getting children involved also helps. This can mean letting them be involved in choosing the home to some degree or simply letting them be involved in packing things in their room. As you start your house hunt, consider asking them for certain (realistic) things they would like in the new home or in their bedroom, and accommodate them if possible. Let them have some say in the paint color and other elements of their new room, too, so they have something to look forward to.

It may help to do much of the packing when young children are asleep or away from home. This also allows you to spend more time with them when they are home and puts less emphasis on the move. By being able to spend time with them during this period, you can talk to them if they want, or help to distract them if they are unhappy about the move.

You and your children will probably have certain items that are emotionally priceless, so it’s a good idea to have a box that everyone can put their most treasured items in, which will travel with you in the car, not on a moving truck.

There’s no ideal time to move for anyone, though if you can plan the move for when your children are out of school, that often helps. Ultimately, you know your children best and how they deal with change and how to help them adjust. As you move through the process of buying one of the Columbus GA homes for sale, keep your child’s needs in mind. It is a difficult time for everyone, but if you try to make the move seem like a positive, happy change, that can be a big help.

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