SEATTLE (Zillow) —Moving can be a stressful for adults, and that stress level can skyrocket if the whole family isn’t on board. How do you get buy-in from kids who are being forced to leave their schools, sports teams, friends and family? Chances are there will be tears along the way, but these tips may help ease the shock and make the experience a positive one for the whole gang:
Share the news in a timely fashion
The more time kids have to think about and prepare for the move, the easier it will be for them. Plus, the absolute worst thing that could happen is to have your children inadvertently hear about the move from a teacher or a friend’s parent. When you first talk about the move, make sure you allow plenty of time for the conversation. It’s likely your children will have lots of questions.
Provide accurate information
Do your homework so you can tell your children as much as possible about the city or area to which you’re moving. Have photos ready to show, know everything you can about the schools they’ll be attending (if your son lives to play football, for example, you better know the record of his new team). The more information you can provide — in a positive manner — the less anxious your children will feel.
Your kids may be excited about the move, or they may feel sad. Either way, you need to hear them out and help them work through their feelings.
If at all possible, sit down together and create a family wish list for your new home. Teens may want a game room. A young child may want to live near a park. Don’t make promises but, rather, let family members know their desires will be considered as you search for a new home. Becoming part of the search may help turn anxiety into excitement.