Moving With Kids (Or Pets)
– Moving can cause some of the greatest stress. Add in the purchase and/or sale of a house into the mix and stress overload . . . here we come! Believe it or not, moving ranks in the top 10 most stressful life events. When you add in the addition of moving with kids or pets, then you have additional layers of stress to make the move go as smoothly as possible. Moving into a new home and community can be an adjustment, add in a new city or state and the stakes are even higher.
Did you know that the average American moves 11.4 times in their lifetime? Needless to say, moving is nearly inevitable by most. While there are some people that put down roots so to speak and stay in a home for the long haul, most people move several times in their lives. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) published a study that showed the typical buyer of a single-family home can be expected to stay in the home for approximately 13 years.
But staying in a home for 13 years isn’t always a reality for many. Whether it be a few years after purchasing a home to up-size as the family grows, to change to a better school district, be closer to work or to downsize as an empty nester, there are a whole host of reasons why people move. Then we factor in the five-year rule. This general rule states that people should stay in the same location for a minimum of five years otherwise there may be financial ramifications. When you factor in closing costs and paying more interest in the first few years of owning a home, then staying shorter durations in a purchased home doesn’t make as good of financial sense.
Let’s face it, moving can be disruptive for everyone involved whether they are two or four legged. Everyone has a certain picture of the moving process. Boxes will be gradually packed and placed out of the way. And, the necessary steps will be made to transfer over utilities, change addresses and the list goes on. While this is all very much possible, life gets in the way and come moving day there are many things to be done, not the least of which may be to finish packing. Once everything is packed and moved over to the new home, then the long process of unpacking and decorating begins. Add children and pets into the mix and the prospect of moving seems even that much more daunting of a task.
While moving can be disruptive for everyone, it can be especially disruptive for children. Kids may not understand why they have to move and the decision behind it. Some children may act out or just require some special attention throughout the transition to living in a new space. Children rely on routine and familiarity and moving can change that. It may not only mean a change of the surroundings, but also different friends and a new school could be an adjustment as well.
Here Are A Few Tips To Ease The Transition Of Moving:
Prepare children for a move by talking openly about it. What are they excited about? Are they fearful of anything?
Keep children involved in the move by letting them help search for a new home and check out new schools.
Visit the new house. If nothing else just drive by, explore the neighborhood and help them envision themselves living there.
In the case of pets, try to give them extra attention throughout the moving process. They can sense stress and are also creatures of habit. If their normal routine is disrupted, they may act out or become confused and anxious.
Moving can be a big life change that’s why it is important to make sure that children (and pets) feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
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