By Suddath Relocation
Moving is truly a life-changing moment for both children and the elderly, which is why adults should proceed with special care in these situations.
- Explain to them gently why this move is mandatory
- Hear their side of the story
- Tell them all the great aspects that will come with this move
- Don’t try to force a reaction to happen and allow them to adjust on their own
- Allow your older kids to take a part in the move
- Show them photographs of the potential homes
- When you narrow down your list of homes you want to move into, bring the kids along for a tour
- From the carpets to the closets, let them see what their room will look like
- Invite over your family and friends
- Throw a small party at your home to say one last goodbye to all those you will miss from your community
- Involve them in the packing stage
- Give any old clothes or toys to charity, or else get rid of them completely
- Save some items to occupy your kids on the car ride
- Put together an ‘Open Me First’ box filled with items that will be needed first at the new house
- Say goodbye to your community properly
- Visit all of your town’s best locations one last time
- Get them involved in the home selection
- Show them pictures of the homes you’re considering moving into and hear what their feelings are on it
- Let them know exactly where in the new home all their stuff will be moved into
- Let them have time to adjust to the news before actually moving
- Sometimes change is hard to accept, so let the news settle in first before taking action
- Give them time to reminisce on each item while packing
- Some items hold a lot of memories, while others don’t, so give them plenty of time to sort through what they want to pack up and discard.
- Recreate their old room
- By making their new room like identical to the one they’re leaving behind, the move will become much easier for them to accept
- Keep the important items in arm’s reach
- Not every item has to go with the movers, so let whatever products they feel are most important stay by their side.
With simple tips like this, moving will be a much easier transition for children and older individuals.