Moving is an adjustment for anyone especially when it’s a long distance move. As resilient as kids can be, moving to a completely new city can be very overwhelming and even cause your child to become depressed. Below are some tips on how you can help your kids cope with the changes that are about to happen in their lives when moving to Port Elizabeth.
Include the kids in the moving process
Moving can be scary and overwhelming for children. It is crucial that your kids feel like they have some kind of control. By giving them choices (however small), they will feel like they too have a say in the whole moving process.
Involve them in the packing process
Let them pack their favourite toys in a box and decorate it. That way, when you reach your destination, they can easily find their special box and be reunited with familiar things.
Let your moving company do the packing
If financially possible, hire professional movers or let your moving company handle the packing for you. When you have to pack yourself, it could take weeks, thus more time for your kids to feel insecure. But by letting movers do it for you, your stuff could be packed up in one or two days, limiting the time for kids to dwell on the situation.
Unpack Your Children’s Rooms First
In order for your child to feel safe and secure, you’ll want to get them settled in familiar surroundings as soon as possible. By getting their rooms set up first, you will also prevent them from claiming the master bedroom as their own.
Keep your kids busy and fed
Kids like to play and they like to eat. Keeping your kids occupied and fed will ensure they feel more secure and give you the chance to get more things done.
Have Fun and be patient
Taking a child out of their comfort zone and away from friends can be challenging for them. Try to incorporate as many fun activities and spend plenty of time with them to help them adjust to their new environment. It might take a while for them to make new friends so be patient with them.
Moving to Port Elizabeth from anywhere in South Africa is a huge adjustment for your family. By following these tips mentioned above, you can make it a little bit easier on your children, and also on yourself. Speak to one of the friendly staff at BusyBee Removals for a quote. Hiring a professional and reliable moving company will take the stress out of moving to Port Elizabeth.