Moving house is stressful and when you have children, the effect this can have on them can be another cause of worry at an already challenging time.
Britannia Bennetts are the largest family owned removal company in the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. As well as being a family focused business, after almost forty years in removals we also know a lot about moving house!
These are our top five tips to help make your family move as stress-free as possible.
1) Talk to your children about the move.
Once you know you intend to move house, slowly introduce the concept to your children. It is important for them to have time to think about it and to feel comfortable to ask questions or raise concerns. When you have identified a property you want to move to, allow them to visit and explore the local area so that they feel more knowledgeable about their new environment.
2) Involve them in decisions.
Where possible allow children to talk about their preferences and depending on their maturity discuss with them instances when compromises have to be made. Also when you can, include them in decisions about their new living space. This could be choosing the colour scheme to decorate of their new bedroom or requesting a new piece of play equipment for the garden. This helps to build excitement about the move rather than anxiety.
3) Don’t show them you are stressed.
It can be difficult to hide worries and children are often perceptive and can view moving house as a negative thing if they feel that there is tension at home. Britannia Bennetts can reduce stress by offering our moving services and planning your move with you. We can provide a video survey at a time to suit you so we can work together to offer you the moving service you need. You can use our fully trained staff to pack your whole home or we can supply the packaging materials you need to do it yourself. At Britannia Bennetts we will do all we can to make sure your moving day goes as smoothly as possible.
4) If possible, arrange childcare for your moving day.
Although older children may well want to be involved in your move, you may decide that it will be less stressful for younger children, and for you, if you arrange for them to go to relatives or friends on the moving day itself. If you have school age children perhaps arrange a play-date for after school so that you are not restricted by time if your move is delayed or takes place later in the day. If you can’t arrange childcare make sure to keep some activities such as colouring, reading books or games available to keep children occupied while you are busy with other things.
5) Have a box for essentials for the first night in your new home.
When packing it can be easy to put all your children’s belongings in a box together and plan to unpack it all when you arrive at your destination. Unfortunately, it may be that when you get to the evening you realise that you cannot locate the box you need with the favourite teddy or the bedtime story they always have. Involve your children in packing a first night box. This should include anything that will help them feel settled from a mug with some hot chocolate to fluffy socks and warm pyjamas.
Although moving house can be stressful, using a professional removal company means you have someone with you every step of the way to support you and your family as you make your move.
Contact us to discuss your moving and packing requirements.
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