Helping kids cope with a move

17 October 2019 | Life Style

A change in routine and lifestyle can bring about fear and anxiety in children, especially if they are not fully prepared for what is about to happen. However, moving can be an extremely positive experience, provided parents can keep their children’s anxiety levels as low as possible.
“If the move is due to the family upgrading to a larger home or a better neighbourhood, there will be far less emotional upheaval than if the reason for the move is because of a loss of income or the loss of a family member,” says Adrian Goslett of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “If a family is downgrading, the children will often pick up on the stress felt by the parents. Parents in this situation will have to approach the move very cautiously to ensure their child’s emotional wellbeing,” he cautions
Here are a few tips on how parents can make the transition easier for their children:

Leading up to the move
Children will have a higher level of anxiety if they feel as if something is going on and they are not fully aware of the details, so parents should make children aware of the move as early into the process as possible as this will give them time to get used to the idea.
In some instances, the children might think that moving will mean leaving their favourite things behind, so parents should ensure that the children know that their beloved toys and pets are coming along. Parents can also emphasise aspects that will not change during or after the move, such as play schedules, bedtimes or the fact that they have a loving family that supports them.

During the moving process
Allow the children to say goodbye to neighbours and their friends, as well as some of their favourite local places such as the park. Remind them that they will still be able to visit those friends or places at another time in the future. During the move (and depending on the age of the child), get the child involved in the moving process so that they feel included in the change.

In the new home
Setting up the children’s bedroom first will establish an area in the home that is familiar and safe. Of course, it will still take time to adjust to the new surroundings. Get the children excited about their new neighbourhood by taking them around the new area and explore the nearby parks and shops. Getting plugged into the community will also help make it feel like home far quicker. Sign your children up for a local playgroup or neighbourhood sports club.

“Throughout the moving process, it is important that children know that their parents are listening and paying attention to their emotions and needs. Parents could involve their children in the house hunt and allow them to share their opinions on the homes they’ve gone to view. Feeling a part of the journey can help lower anxiety and help children get on board with the decision,” Goslett says.

Similar News

 

Staging your home to sell

3 weeks ago - 17 June 2020 | Life Style

Given the current unique circumstances, it is understandable that activity within the housing market will be slow at best.Yet, the need to buy real estate...

Post-lockdown buyers looking for these features

1 month - 01 June 2020 | Life Style

Shaken by the effects of Covid-19, the world is going to be a very different place long after we emerge from the lockdown. The way...

Good night, sleep tight

2 months ago - 30 April 2020 | Life Style

Windhoek · [email protected]’s every (new) mom’s worst nightmare. A little one that refuses to sleep. And if this sounds familiar, then don’t miss the online...

Upgrading security for a freestanding property

2 months ago - 16 April 2020 | Life Style

Namibians are security-conscious people. That’s why many prefer living in security complexes and gated communities because of the additional feeling of safety these homes provide....

Caring for pets during quarantine

3 months ago - 30 March 2020 | Life Style

Although experts from the World Health Organisation, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and elsewhere agree that cats and dogs are not at risk...

Gatherings down to 10

3 months ago - 27 March 2020 | Life Style

National Coordinating Committee Chairperson for the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr Bernard Haufiku, said government has reduced the number of people allowed in public gatherings to 10...

Keeping safe in and around the house

4 months ago - 10 March 2020 | Life Style

Due to the unpredictable nature of home accidents, homeowners should ensure that they have all the necessary safety precautions in place to be able to...

Hanteer jou ‘bestuurder uit die hel’ só

4 months ago - 24 February 2020 | Life Style

Kaapstad • Dr Alec BassonOm ’n bestuurder uit die bose te hê, kan baie mense se droomwerk in ’n nagmerrie laat ontaard.Ter wille van oorlewing,...

Use grey water to maintain your garden

4 months ago - 24 February 2020 | Life Style

The increase in droughts across Southern Africa has resulted in an urgent call for everyone to become waterwise and find alternative water sources.Homeowners who have...

Sibs sharing? Here’s how

4 months ago - 17 February 2020 | Life Style

Especially in today’s economy, it is not always affordable to own a home with a bedroom for each of your children.According to Adrian Goslett of...

Latest News

Huis Maerua kort jou hulp

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Local News

Windhoek [email protected] 22 kinders in hulle sorg wat wissel van 2 jaar tot 20, het Huis Maerua jou hulp nodig om te verseker hierdie kinders...

The future of work

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Opinion

Windhoek • Sergio de SousaAs the world of work changes, we look at what you can do to survive and thrive. Here are my predictions...

Finances handicap 2018 CoW housing...

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Local News

Windhoek • [email protected] City of Windhoek (CoW) housing initiative of two years ago is yet to materialise, with themunicipality laying the blame on financial constraints.This...

Ndove heads environmental fund

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Environment

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta appointed five members to serve as the board of directors of the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) for a period...

NN eyes premier league

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Sports

Netball Namibia (NN) is working hard on creating a first-of-its-kind Namibia Netball Premier League.The league, to be sponsored by MTC, will consist of 12 teams...

Finding symmetry in chaos

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Windhoek • Nina van Zyl The group exhibition While In Quarantine opens at the Namibian Arts Association Gallery in the capital next week.Artists are the...

Simply You announces nominees

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

The fourth Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards are slated for September, celebrating the arts, entertainment and fashion industry's achievements and growth.As has always...

Virtual replaces real-life relay

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Sports

The Bank Windhoek Relay has been relaunched and is now scheduled to take place virtually on 1 and 2 August.The original relay that was scheduled...

Say cheese, pooch!

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Local News

Windhoek • [email protected] you have a pet that is always photo ready, then you shouldn’t miss out on perhaps having themfeatured in the 2021 SPCA...

Load More