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Moving With Children

By Mark Griffiths

Children feel powerless when you tell them you’re moving. “They usually don’t have any input in the decision,” says Lori Collins Burgan, social worker and author of Moving with Kids. “So involve them in as many other decisions as you can.”

1. Make a family wish list. This will help everyone feel like they have involvement in choosing the new home. i.e a bigger backyard, a basement playroom, separate rooms for the kids.

2. House-hunt together. If possible take your children with you so they can view the potential new home.

3. Let them design the layout of their new room. Bring home paint swatches so that your child can choose a colour. Then make it an art project: Have them paste snapshots of her bed and furniture onto a sheet of paper.

4. Throw a goodbye party. Any reason to have a gathering with friends and get excited about the change

5. Make a memory book. Your child can fill it with photos of your home and her friends, along with their e-mail addresses.

6. Say goodbye to your home. During a family meal ask each kid to recall a favourite memory in the old house.

7. House warming. As soon as you are settled into your new home invite our children’s friends around to show off your new home.

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