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Preparing children for moving: How can it be successful?

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There can be various reasons for moving. A new job offer, a change of location related to work, a better or bigger apartment, a better location and much more. For adults, therefore, the movements are usually understandable and logical, but still remain a challenge. However, these supposedly logical reasons are accessible to children not always right away. This is also why moving is a big challenge for children, accompanied by uncertainty and possibly even fear. How can you prepare children for moving? What can you do to help them manage and cope with this move?

New situations for everyone

When it comes to preparing children for moving, the first thing to understand is that moving is not only a change for parents, but also for children of all ages. Because they will too torn from their familiar and beloved environment, they have to give up their room, leave the neighborhood and friends and acquaintances living there, and possibly even change schools or kindergartens. These are all challenges that get in the way and don’t make the move any easier.

Plus the kids reasonswhich parents and adults have for moving, sometimes they don’t understand right away be able. Reasons such as job change and the like are not very tangible for them.

Also uncertainty and fear, which is associated with many changes, children are often not yet able to process and deal with them independently. So the move comes with a lot of potential stress children together. How can you prepare children for moving?

involve children

If you are thinking about how to prepare the children for the move, it is important to involve the children first. This can reduce uncertainty and insecurity. However, for this to work, they would have to have parents not too soon talk to your child about the possible move. The right time to do this is often when you are moving actually decided and clear, not if it’s just a possibility, because that would again create uncertainty. In addition, it is difficult, especially for younger children, to see long periods of time, such as a year or even 5 months. Therefore, it is better to involve the child as soon as the transfer is really certain.

In order to engage a child, one should first be with them speak. Parents can do this too explainwhy do they have to move? It could be because the new apartment is bigger and has more space for everyone, or because mom or dad got a new job. If there is a major change in location, so should the theme friends they talked and that the child can no longer see them every day, but there are still ways to stay in touch. In turn, the child should be given time and space Asking questions and getting used to the idea. It can too children’s books help and support on this topic. There are many of them that vividly illustrate the topic of movement for children.

It can also be useful to do look at a new apartment or a new housebefore you move there. It is best to do it in person, that is, actually go there together and see everything, especially the new children’s room, of course. If this is not possible, you can also look at the pictures together. Also the new one The surroundings and surroundings can be explored together, so that everything is not so new and strange when moving. If a change of kindergarten or school is pending, it is advisable to change that as well visit the new nursery or school in advance.

In addition, one should also look at whether and to what extent children conical continue practice in a new environment. This can also be discussed with the children and they should have the opportunity to contribute their own opinion.

Children can also be included in Design your new room. You can choose the color of the wall and also decide where the furniture should be. It is often a good idea to keep most of the furniture you are used to and take it with you. This can provide some stability during times of upheaval, which can help children.

Last but not least, children should too involved in moving will. The children’s room should be considered the best the last room and together with the child be cleaned. And even before that, when packing the boxes, the child should be able to help. In this way, the child can also make sure that all the things he loves come with him to the new apartment, because this is often a fear that even children have. Your favorite things, such as your favorite stuffed animal or your favorite toy, should be packed in a separate box as the very last thing to be unpacked in the new apartment.

Farewell, anticipation and a new beginning

Preparing the children for moving also includes preparing and saying goodbye to the old apartment. For example, it can be useful Photos of the current apartment to do while everything is still as the children are used to. If they miss the apartment later or are afraid that they will forget what it looked like, they can look at these photos and reminisce.

Also one farewell party from the apartment can help you manage the move better. Families can and should create what this celebration looks like based on what they like to do and what brings them joy. For example, family and especially friends can be invited to a joint celebration. It makes sense here too photos so you can watch it together later. In this context, it can be nice to have a joint in the new apartment welcome party celebrate a new beginning in a positive way. The prospect of a celebration can also raise expectations of a new apartment.

It can also build anticipation if parents tell the child ahead of time what’s nice about a new apartment or residential area will. Maybe the room is bigger or there’s a great playground or pool just around the corner. As mentioned above, these places can be visited together.

Another idea to symbolically start a new beginning can be to start together Cut the tape when feedingeither to the entire apartment or a (furnished) children’s room.


Movement is not only stressful and exciting for adults, but also for children. How to prepare children for moving is therefore a frequent question. There are several tips listed here proposalsto make this transition a good one. However, they are not universal or conclusive. Parents should do what they think is reasonable and helpful for their own child individually decide.

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