Buying a new house and planning a move may be as much stress as you think you can handle, but remember that it’s likely to be a trying time for your children as well.

Here are a few tips First National Real Estate recommends when moving house with children.

Break the news about moving as soon as possible
Kids need time to get used to the idea of moving so give them as much information as you can about why the family is moving and what they can expect in their new home and suburb.

Make them a part of the process
If the child is old enough, let them pack some of their favourite items.  It can help them understand that although the family will be in a new home, their belongings will stay with them.  Personalise their boxes with labels and stickers.

Be cautiously optimistic
It’s important to be positive and optimistic because your children’s attitude will largely mirror yours.  But don’t insist everything is going to be wonderful.  Even if the new house is fantastic, it may still take time to adjust.

Explore the new neighbourhood
If you’re moving to a new suburb or town, use maps and other information from your new local council, or the internet, to explain where you’ll be living.  Explain any differences in weather and geography and talk about nearby attractions that may be interesting, such as moving closer to the beach or a park.

Try to keep a routine
A child’s world is based on routine and it’s important to try and keep some semblance of normalcy throughout the relocation process.  First National Real Estate suggests sticking to a set time for dinner every evening, no matter how chaotic things seem to be, and to continue to pursue regular family weekend activities.

For younger children and toddlers, it can be useful to speak to your doctor about issues such as implementing a new diet or the start of toilet training. It may be better to put new experiences on hold until you’ve settled into the new home.

Routines are understandably disrupted in major ways during moving and sensitive planning can help all family members, especially young children, better cope with the impending changes.