Moving isn’t easy – whether you’re an adult or a child – but it’s a part of life. While it’s likely going to be stressful whichever way you look at it, there are some ways you can help your children through the transition. Here are a few of them:

1. Choose your closing date wisely.

If you have the opportunity, try to pick a moving day that will be as stress-free as humanly possible for your children. Maybe the end of summer is ideal – giving your children a few weeks to settle before starting a new school and making new friends. Or maybe you want to hold off a few months, until your young child has a good grasp on potty training. Either way, the less stuff going on, the better – but, understandably, things don’t always work out that way.

2. Visit the new house, if possible.

Taking your children to see the new house, and showing them all the cool things about it, will give them something to look forward to and excited about.

3. Talk openly about their feelings.

Regardless of their age, your children are likely going to have a lot of mixed emotions about moving – and a lot of questions. Heck, you probably have them too! Make sure you get plenty of time as a family to talk about things that are on your minds.

4. Make things as familiar as possible.

After the move, set up their room first – before any other area of the house. If possible, set it up in a similar way to their old room.

5. Remember, it takes time to adjust.

On average, it takes about six weeks for a new home to start feeling “homey”?. Explain this to your children, and let them know that it will take time – but eventually this home will feel just as comfortable as last one, and they’ll make just as many new friends.