It's important to focus on your children when you undertake the move to a new home. Kids require emotional support during this time of transition. I offer these strategies:
1. Be very upbeat about the process - and get them excited in some way. Maybe it's the new swing set that you have promised them for the new - and larger - yard. Listen to and address any concerns they have about moving.
2. Explain the process- the ABC's. In a simple way, explain to them what the move entails. Show them the new home and the area it is in at length to get them comfortable with - and excited - about the move. Maybe it is nearer their school or a yummy ice cream store - point that out!
3. Involve them in the process of planning and packing. Have them help to make decisions. Like grown ups - especially during a time of such upheaval in their lives - often, children like to exert an effort to control their environment. Coming from a very schooled background (Note: It's VERY unusual for a Realtor to have a degree in Human Environment and Design, as I do, so you might find it interesting for me to comment on this.), I believe that one thing that is underrated concerning living in homes (period) and underrated to focus on during the transition, is: HOW IMPORTANT environment is to one's peace of mind and overall happiness in their daily lives. Let your children be part of the decision-making process and you will witness, quite possibly, a more relaxed state of mind for them.
4. Hello and Goodbye. Have your kids say goodbye in some form to their old home, and neighborhood - if it is a change in neighborhoods also. Maybe take photos and/or write memories in a notebook. Have them say hello to the new home by throwing a welcome party for them, inviting the new neighborhood kids over.
I hope this helps ease the transition. The DC area has so many great neighborhoods and home choices, one of which - at the TOP OF THE LIST (I attest, with over 20 years here.) - is Arlington and our wonderful array of home choices. Please let me know if you have any further questions. As your Arlington Neighborhood and Home Expert, I look forward to easing the transition for you - and for your kids!!
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Ken Courtade, Yes I Ken!
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