Kids: Moving Home? An Exciting Journey
So, you are moving to a new home! Sometimes moving somewhere different can seem a bit scary, but it’s also a great adventure. Moving home means you can discover a new house, with your new room, and a place where you will soon be meeting some great new friends and having new adventures.
It’s a busy time, but it’s important to remember that your family will be there too, and it’s something you can all take part in together.
FOR PARENTS: Wridgways Removalists understands that moving can be a stressful time for children. You can download our free resources, including a Kids’ Activity Book and Parents’ Guide, to help things go smoothly.
Scared about moving?
Will I like my new house?
Will I make new friends?
Will I lose my old friends?
Many children feel a bit scared about moving to a new place, and that’s normal. But it’s a comfort to remember that your mum and dad always want you to feel happy and safe, and they want to know if you are worried about the move. It’s okay to ask them any questions about the move, where you are going and what’s going to happen when you get there.
Here are some things you might want to ask them about.
- Ask about your new home – they might have some pictures to show you
- Ask about your new school
- Ask about your new neighbourhood and what it’s like – you might be able to look at it on the internet (and show your friends)
- Ask them about how you will keep in touch with your friends and family who are staying here
- Ask about having your favourite things with you during the move
Your parents will answer all your questions, and that will really help if you are scared about moving.
Everybody feels a bit sad when they have to leave their friends, home or some of their favourite things. Your parents are probably sad about some of the people or things they are leaving too. But, leaving friends and family behind doesn’t mean you won’t see them again.
Thanks to the internet it’s easy to chat to friends and family anywhere in the world. You can send them pictures and news, and it’s easy to talk on the telephone too. Maybe you’ll have trips back to your old home to see them – or they might even be able to come and visit you and check out your new home!
Every time you leave someone or something behind to go somewhere new, there’s also a whole lot of new opportunities to meet new friends, find new fun places, and try doing new things. It’s like having the best of both worlds!
Helping Mum and Dad
Moving is a busy time, there is so much to do. Mums and dads love to have kids help too, and there is a lot you can do to be helpful and get involved in moving. Plus, you can organise all your things just how you want them to be, and make sure you have everything you need with you.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Sort out your own belongings and decide if there is anything you don’t want to take with you. Maybe some toys or clothes you have outgrown? Could you pass these on to someone else who would appreciate them?
- Help pack items into boxes, and label them. There will be a lot of boxes, and you’ll need to know what’s inside each of them. Remember to write your own name on your boxes, so the moving people can put your things into your room when get to your new home. Label the boxes, for example “my toys” or “my books”.
- Think about what things you want to keep out of the boxes, to have with you during the move. Maybe some favourite toys, books, Nintendo DS or portable DVD player?
- Make sure that your friends and family know how to contact you at your new home – make a list of people, and give them all your new address. Also, make sure you have all your friends’ phone numbers and addresses so you can keep in touch with them.
Testimonials – What kids told us about their move:
“When we moved all the way from South Africa to Australia I was really scared at first. It seemed so far away from Grandma and Granddad and I didn’t want to go to a new school. It’s all ok now though because our new house is really nice and I love my new school, we even play rugby like at home.”
Michelle aged 9yrs
“Don’t be sad when you move house, because it is heaps of fun and you get presents when you leave.”
Damien aged 6yrs
“My dad got a new job and his boss said we had to go to Sydney. It was good though because the moving men did everything for my mummy and she was happy. Our dog Beny came too and he was happy too.”
Liam aged 4 yrs
“When I moved house I felt nervous because I’d miss all my friends and maybe never see them again. But, I made new friends on the very first day and I email my best friends every single week.”
Crystal aged 11yrs
“Before you move get all your friends addresses, email addresses and phone numbers so you can keep in touch forever.”
Brooke aged 8yrs
“Moving away from your home is sad at first but once you settle in and get used to everything, it’s really good and you’re okay.”
Ben aged 11yrs