Moving home can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster; an adventure full of ups and downs. Moving away from friends and getting through the mountain of packing can be stressful and a little overwhelming. But moving into your dream house, exploring a new area and decorating a new room can all make for an exciting new experience, and one that should be enjoyed.
Recent research revealed that the top three moving worries for parents were:
- Packing up the house
- How children will cope with the change
- Settling into the new house
The research of 1,001 British parents also showed that the majority of parents (85 per cent) said they were worried about how their child would adapt when moving home; with one in five parents saying they felt extremely worried about this. Despite these concerns, almost one in four children (23 per cent) felt completely settled in less than one week, compared to just 16 per cent of parents.
Introducing A Kid’s Guide to Moving House
Every child will feel differently about moving; some will be excited for the adventure and others might feel anxious and have lots of questions.
To help provide support to families who are moving, we’ve written A Kid’s Guide to Moving House in collaboration with Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Puffin Books, to help children have a positive experience when moving home.
Available as a free download, the Guide contains practical insights and advice from psychologist Emma Kenny, as well as fun activities to help children prepare when moving home. Emma recommends that children should be involved in the moving process and encouraged to share any worries they have, as this can help alleviate their fears and make them feel more confident and positive about the move.
“Moving home can be an emotional time for families, especially for children,” says Emma Kenny. “It can be an exciting and happy time, but it can also be stressful and daunting – especially if children are changing schools, leaving friends behind or moving into a much bigger house, which could lead to changes in their behaviour. When I moved home two years ago, both my children attended viewings and the final decision to buy our current home was made by us as a family. I truly believe that this is why both my boys love our new home and settled in so quickly.”
The launch of the Guide coincides with the release of the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book Wrecking Ball in which Greg Heffley and his family experience the ups and downs of home renovation and planning to move home.
Book a valuation to get a FREE bound copy of the Guide with stickers or download a digital version today.
- 26 November 2019