Make a splash this sum­mer

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Buy­ing a new house and plan­ning a move may be as much stress as you think you can han­dle – but re­mem­ber that it is likely to be a par­tic­u­larly try­ing time for your chil­dren. Ac­cord­ing to Gary Wood at Charles L. King & Co First Na­tional Real Es­tate, rou­tines are un­der­stand­ably dis­rupted in ma­jor ways dur­ing mov­ing and sen­si­tive plan­ning can help all fam­ily mem­bers, but es­pe­cially young chil­dren, bet­ter cope with the im­pend­ing changes. “One of the keys with chil­dren is to break the news about mov­ing as soon as pos­si­ble,” Mr Wood said. “Kids need time to get used to the idea of mov­ing, so give them as much ad­vance warn­ing as you can. Pro­vide them with as much in­for­ma­tion as you can about why the fam­ily is mov­ing and what they can ex­pect in their new home and sub­urb.” In other tips on mov­ing house with chil­dren, Mr Wood rec­om­mends:

“Although you’ll un­doubt­edly be go­ing through your range of emo­tions, the ex­perts say it’s very im­por­tant to be there so your chil­dren can voice the feel­ings they’re en­coun­ter­ing,” Mr Wood said. “Lis­ten to what they have to say and as­sure them that you un­der­stand any con­cerns.”

Chil­dren can have prob­lems ad­just­ing to a move and can blame a par­ent or par­ents for caus­ing it. “Don’t take it per­son­ally if this hap­pens,” Mr Wood said. “Ex­plain that some­times big de­ci­sions can’t be avoided.”

If the child is old enough, let them help to 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.

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,” Mr Wood sug­gests. “Even if the new house is fan­tas­tic, it may still take time to ad­just.”

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 any nearby at­trac­tions that may be in­ter­est­ing, such as mov­ing closer to the River or to a park.

A child’s world is based on rou­tine and it’s im­por­tant to try and keep some sem­blance of nor­malcy through­out the process. We sug­gest stick­ing to a set time for din­ner ev­ery evening, no mat­ter how chaotic things seem to be, and to reg­u­lar week­end ac­tiv­i­ties the fam­ily en­joys. It may be bet­ter to put any fur­ther new ex­pe­ri­ences on hold un­til you’ve set­tled in to the new home. Sum­mer time liv­ing does not get much bet­ter than head­ing to the Gulpa Creek, which could only be 100m from your new home. The home at 4 Jones St, Mathoura, is priced to sell and would suit those who love a spot of fish­ing or kick­ing back and re­lax­ing. Well po­si­tioned, the three­bed­room brick ve­neer home has three large bed­rooms, all with built-in robes, and a kitchen area which flows out to open spa­ces of the din­ing room. Evap­o­ra­tive cool­ing, split-sys­tem heat­ing and cool­ing and a Heatcharm wood heater keep the home com­fort­able year round. The chil­dren will love the sep­a­rate gar­den area with fern­ery to play and the adults will en­joy a quiet drink un­der the per­gola, which over­looks the 8m sparkling in­ground pool with so­lar heat­ing. The fam­ily ve­hi­cles are well looked af­ter be­hind the roller door to the dou­ble car­port, which you can drive through into a fan­tas­tic shed and work­shop for the handy­man. Teenagers will love the granny flat or out­door rum­pus/tv room/ be­d­room built into the shed, lined and car­peted with heat­ing and cool­ing. An ex­tra stor­age room is un­der the roofline of the shed be­hind a roller door. The home is for sale for $225,000 and is open for in­spec­tion by ap­point­ment. In­quiries to Donna Clarke at River­side Prop­erty Sales, phone 5480 0144 or 0438 004 565.

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