‘Mum, where’s my sheep?’ ‘What sheep?’ ‘The sheep with the green scarf, from Ireland.’ ‘Umm…’ Uh-oh. Uh-oh. Uh-oh. Uh-oh. That little sheep toy with the green scarf that was taking up space, that wasn’t your favourite toy? Definitely wasn’t a favourite toy, absolutely not. I am 100% sure of that. It has now become THE toy you want?
A question that comes up a lot in parenting groups is 'How do I help to prepare my child for moving home?!' This is a great question and I some tried-and-tested ideas for you!
You'll probably want to consider your child's age, personality and life experiences (so far) when thinking about what will help them in the lead-up to moving home. I've written about how to talk with children about moving home here. Think about how your approach to helping them prepare to move home can fit with their everyday preferences and experiences.
The main thing to remember in all the stress of moving is that you know your child best.
Talking to children and explaining the different aspects involved in moving home can be really important for their wellbeing. We all move home in different circumstances. Sometimes there is uncertainty and/or things happen at short-notice. Listening to children and responding to their needs helps them to prepare for moving home.