Anyone who sees the constant construction in Dubai knows that real estate is one of the biggest markets in the UAE. However, with the rising price of homes and rent many people are looking to move to new places that fit their housing budget. There are many challenges when it comes to moving, especially when you have a family. We all know how hard leaving the ‘familiar’ can be for adults, so imagine what it’s like for kids! Here are 4 things that you can do to help prepare your kids for your upcoming move in the UAE:
1-Discuss ‘the move’ with your kids before you do it
It's important that you tell your children you'll be moving before you start making the preparations to do so. If you have older children, you should include them in the decision-making process, so they can help you evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a new place. The more you’re able to include your children, no matter what their age, the more they'll feel in control of the move. Thus, allowing them to feel more happy and confident about the new path that they are going to embark on.
2- Introduce your kids to the new house and neighborhood
Before you make the visit, make sure to plan your day properly, so you can remain stress-free as you tell your children about all the amazing adventures they’re going to have in their new house. While you’re visiting the new house, make sure that you let your kids explore the neighborhood and discover fun places to play, so they become less reluctant about the move.
3- Ask them to pack their own stuff
Get your kids involved in the moving process by asking them to pack their rooms like a ‘big boy or girl.’ Before your kids start packing their things in boxes, ask them to separate their items into two piles: the taking pile and the leaving pile. Once they’ve finished organizing and packing, make sure to reward them by telling them that they can buy new things for their new rooms. By including them in the packing process, not only will you be less stressed, your kids will also be more motivated to move, because they would want to buy new toys and furniture for their room.
4- Allow your kids to plan ‘the look’ of their room
If you don’t have the time to take your kids to a mall to buy new toys and furniture for their room, you can take them on a virtual shopping trip on your mobile in the comfort of your own home. Download the Melltoo Marketplace app for free and let your kids browse through the fun Instagram-like feed. You can even take this opportunity to help your kids sell some of the things in their ‘leaving pile.’ Tell them that for every item they sell on the app, they can pick a ‘new’ item to buy for their room. Not only will Melltoo’s fun window shopping experience allow you to spend quality time with your children, it will also help them let go of their old home, so they can embrace their new life in their new home.
5- Use fun games to introduce your children to their new home
Many children will feel very unsettled when they move into a new house, especially if they have never been there or seen it before. Playing games is an easy way to get your children feeling more comfortable in their new space. A treasure hunt is a perfect way to introduce your children to your new house. By putting clues in every room, not only will your children become more familiar with their new environment, they will also start creating fun memories in their new home. Hosting a housewarming party or a playdate are also great ways to help your children get adjusted to their new surroundings.
While it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the idea of moving you shouldn’t be, because there are a many great moving companies throughout the UAE who can help you get the job done quickly and easily. If you want to focus on helping your kids readjust to their environment, you will need all the moving help that you can get! Mr Usta is the #1 online platform for finding the UAE’s best service providers. For more information on these providers, visit our Moving Page.