Moving During the Holidays
by Carla Hill
It's the holiday season! For many readers out there this season is taking on a whole new meaning.
Cold weather, rain, and snow doesn't keep a good buyer down. There are great deals to be had all year round. Buying doesn't always happen on schedule. It can take weeks or months to find the perfect house, you may need to move suddenly to follow a new job opportunity, or move to be closer to ailing parents.
Buying happens for a myriad of reasons and during every month of the year. Yet, buying during the holidays can be challenging, especially if you're a family with lots of traditions or with children.
If you have children, then here are some tips to make a move during the holidays a big deal in a good way!
First, children follow the lead of their parents. If you are depressed about missing out on Aunt Sue's famous turkey or daily noting the bad luck of buying during the holidays, your children will likely pick up on this. So start by adjusting your attitude first. Focus on the positive aspects of the move. Try to keep a cheery, upbeat attitude.
Will a child be getting their own room? Will their new room be "awesome"? These can be reasons to celebrate! Talk up all the great new area parks, restaurants, and kid-friendly attractions.
Older children may be a harder sell, especially if you're moving them away from their school or friends. Do a little research and find out more on area malls, sports teams, or youth groups that your child may be interested in.
Also consider rewarding children especially well for their good behavior during a move. Maybe now is a time for that allowance raise (if it doesn't seem too much like a bribe), to let them select the new decor for their new room, or to have one extra pizza night this week.
Communication is key for getting through a move, regardless of the season. Have a family meeting to discuss concerns and fears, or have one-on-one talks with each kid to assess their feelings.
Finally, make every attempt to keep traditions alive. This is important for adults and children alike. If your family loves having a fully decorated tree, then you might have to set it up twice this year — once at your current home and then quickly again when you first arrive in your new home.
Boxes and chaos aside, you can still sit down for a fun family dinner or for an evening of singing songs and opening presents. Keep your traditions alive and your move this holiday season will be an easy one!