Moving house is exciting and scary for all of us, at any age. It’s routinely listed as one of the most stressful life events. So for young children, it can be very upsetting. That makes moving even more stressful for their parents. But you can do a few things to help little ones understand what is happening and take away some of the fear. You can even make it fun for them sometimes with the right attitude and preparation. Children are resilient, and moving house is a normal part of life. But that doesn’t help parents who are dealing with kids having nightmares and pulling things out of the packed moving boxes!
Try to focus on the fun aspects of moving. Yes, packing moving boxes, Dublin traffic and rental or purchase contracts are all stressful. But your family is also starting a new chapter. Making your new home your own and exploring your new neighbourhood are fun things to do together.
Get moving boxes and supplies delivered. Having your packing supplies delivered means one less thing to go out and do, which matters if you have small children in tow. And when you need moving boxes Dublin has an answer. Buska can deliver them to your doorstep along with all the packing supplies you need. Not sure what you need? No worries, Buska knows. And Buska collects your moving boxes when you are settled into your new home.
Pack non-essentials in advance when the kids aren’t around. Packing your precious possessions can be emotional for adults. It can be downright frightening for children. Start packing well in advance of your move to reduce your own stress and ensure you have plenty of time. Do a small bit every day while children are at school or creche or after they go to sleep at night. Yes, they’ll see you packing closer to moving time, but the idea is to delay that a bit.
Preview your new home with them. Knowledge is power, and it’s also comfort. If your move is local, you can drive by your future home a few times before the move so the children can see it. But even if it is across the country, you can show them the listing online so they can start to imagine themselves there… and fight over who gets which room.
Let them help with packing their things. Even small children can help with the packing. Adults should help to ensure that things are packed so they don’t get damaged, but children can be reassured by feeling they are involved. They can also see that yes, their beloved toys are coming along in the moving boxes. Dublin and Cork residents can rent sturdy plastic boxes from Buska that will protect all of their treasures during the move.
Once you’ve settled in and unpacked your moving boxes Dublin isn’t so big that your family can’t visit friends in your old neighbourhood. Taking the children back to their old neighbourhood for a visit can help them realize that moving across the city wasn’t such a big deal after all.