Moving isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be an extremely stressful process, even if you know it’s the right thing for you and your family. According to one study, 6 out of 10 people believe that it’s the most stressful life experience.
Changing homes is hard enough, especially when you have young children and you’re trying to keep them happy and comfortable with the changes they’re experiencing. But, building a new home is a completely different story.
Building a new home typically takes longer, and there can be more time spent “up in the air,” between staying in your current home and moving. That might require having things in boxes for several weeks, making multiple trips to the new location, a lot of extra stress on you to make big decisions about the new place, etc.
So, what can you do to not only make moving easier for kids, but to make building a new home a fun experience for them?
1. Let Them See Your Plans
Before you even start building your new home, let your children see the plans or blueprints. They don’t have to understand every detail, but explain things to them in a way that makes it exciting.
Let them know where their bedrooms will be, and what they can expect from the new home. Take some time to imagine with them what things will look like. When kids feel like they are involved, they are more likely to be accepting and even excited about a move.
Working with a company like Bellriver Homes can make it easy to see plans online as well, which can really bring your new home to life even before it’s constructed.
2. Visit the Location Often
Once construction begins on your new home, visit as often as possible with your children.
If it’s far away from where you’re living now, make a special trip out of it so it remains an exciting experience. If it’s close by, try to visit the location at least once a week. This will keep your kids updated on the progress, and they can get excited as they see the changes happening.
3. Let Them Write Their Names
This is a simple little action, but one that can go a long way with your children. Again, kids love to feel as though they are a part of things. If you are building a new family home, include them in as much as possible. Even the smallest things can help them to feel as though the home is truly ‘theirs’.
One easy activity is to have them write their names and the date on a couple of 2x4s or other safe construction materials that won’t be seen once the home is complete. They will know the pieces are there, and they will be for a lifetime.
Other options include letting them put their handprints in concrete while pouring the driveway, or in plaster on a wall underneath the staircase. Don’t be afraid to get creative and let your kids know that they will always have a place in this new home, no matter what happens.