Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Moving House with Children - Part 3

During Moving House

During the house move, try to stay as positive and calm as you can. Not always easy at such a stressful time!

Babies especially pick up on their mother's mood and are very sensitive to stress, leading to a very unsettled baby - the last thing you need when you're packing.

Younger children may have spent extra time in childcare or with friends, so don't be surprised if they are clingier when they're around you.

Involve your children in the packing. Older children can put their own belongings in boxes, and kids of all ages will enjoy decorating the boxes containing their things. Doing this will also make finding your children's things easier once you're at the new house!

Try to stick to the children's normal routines. Have meals and naps at the same times as usual.
Stay with the usual bedtime routine. Remember not to pack their favourite blanket, teddy bear or book.

Help your children say goodbye to the important people in their lives. Perhaps have a little 'going away party'.Help the children make a scrapbook of the old house by taking their own photos of the house, their friends, even a piece of the wallpaper!

Continued tomorrow.