When you’re used to having a house, the move to an apartment can seem like a serious downgrade. For children and teens, any big move can be a source of depression, especially if they have to leave behind things like the yard that they grew up playing in, or a big bedroom. It should come as no surprise then that the best possible way to ease the transition between a house and an apartment is to maintain a positive attitude and involve everyone affected by the move.
Change Isn’t Always Bad
Look on the bright side: less space will give you and your family a chance to get rid of the excess stuff that everyone accumulates when they have enough space to store it. If you don’t use it, you probably don’t need it. The stuff you keep will be better organized. Talk about the other positive aspects of moving around your kids.
Make Moving a Family Activity
Pack together. When looking at apartments for rent, go as a family and let the kids help decide where their new home will be. Do walkthroughs together and let everyone get familiar with the apartment before you move in. Talk about where the kids will work on their school projects and other homework.
Keep the Familiar Things
Kids often feel uprooted when they move into a new place. Take along their favorite toys, clothing, even photos to hang on the walls, to make the apartment feel like home.
Making moving into a family affair will make the switch from house to apartment much easier on everyone.