Moving is a necessary part of life for most people because many things may happen to make it important to move. From getting a new job to acquiring your own property, there’s no end to crucial life changes that may lead to a move. If you’re thinking of moving and want to know how you can prepare your child accordingly, read on.

Talk to Them About the Move Early on

Rather than springing it on them suddenly that you’re moving, it’s a good idea to let them know about it well in advance. Doing this will give them ample time to prepare themselves mentally for the move. A big part of parenting is helping your children get through difficult situations in life, and moving can be one such situation. Whether it’s the first time you’re moving with them or not, they may need to adjust themselves and they will have an easy time doing this if they know about it well in advance.

Validate Their Emotions

Moving can inspire grief as it’s essentially losing a life that they have gotten used to, so give them some help. Don’t brush off their feelings as unnecessary tantrums as this won’t help a lot. Instead, help them work through their grief and any strong feelings they may have at this time. Listen to them and hear them out so that they feel validated and they’re likely to adjust a bit better to the move.

Let Them Help With Packing

It’s also a good idea to let them be a part of the whole event. Give them some tasks to do or a box to pack if they’re old enough so that they’re involved in the process. When you do this, they will feel a bit more in control of the situation and not hopelessly afloat with everything. Note that this may not be your last move, since the average American citizen will move over 11 times during their lifetime. With this in mind, find out what works best for them so that you can repeat it for any future moves. If they have an action figure or superhero that they like, for instance, you could print them out and stick them on their boxes so they can identify them easily when it’s time to unpack.

Visit the New Neighborhood and Home

Before you make the move, take some time to visit the new house you’re moving to and walk around the neighborhood. If you also change your child’s school, take them for a visit before it’s time for them to start attending. This will give them time to get familiar with their soon-to-be home and school, and it may be easier for them to adjust to being there. Each year, there are 44% family or individual moves, 38% corporate moves, 16% military moves, and 2% government agency moves. Clearly, there are many moves going on at different times and you may even come across another family that’s moving to the same area. In this case, let your child interact with them if it’s okay so they know they’re not the only ones experiencing a change.

Pack Their Items Last

While packing, let them have a bit more time with their items by packing them as the very last things. This will leave a shorter time for them to be in the house you’re leaving when it’s bare. When they don’t have to see their rooms looking empty and foreign for longer than is necessary, they may have an easier time with the move. Once you get to the new house, set up their rooms first so that they have a longer time to adjust and settle down.

With these tips, you can help your children be prepared for a move and have them enjoy an easier time. Expect some resistance, but be prepared to work through it and you will all be happier in your new home.