Break the news
It's important to make the news of moving house a happy occasion, so get the family around the dinner table with the kids' favourite food, keep it casual and gradually steer it round to the move. If you're moving due to a new job or a promotion, explain why you're excited about it and how it will positively impact the family. Encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings on it - remember, if it's their first time moving it could be harder because they're leaving the only home they've ever known. What might help is sharing your first move experience, and let them know they will be involved throughout.
Get their input on the new house
Try and get the children involved in the selection process of the new house - show them pictures of different houses you're considering and ask them what they like and don't like about each of them. When you've narrowed your choices down to two or three, get some feedback on each one from the kids and, if you can, take them along to viewings. Let them know you'll take their views into account when deciding which house to buy, keep them posted throughout and have a little celebration once you get the house you want.
Throwing things out
We all keep things we no longer need and kids are no different. Get them to help you go through the house and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. When it comes to their possessions, let them know that it's alright to keep certain things that hold special memories, but that things that are no longer used should be considered for throwing away. You can always offer to donate them, so that another boy or girl gets to play with a toy yours no longer uses.
Find out about your new neighbourhood
Try to learn as much as possible about your new community and town. Share what you find with your kids. You don't have to make everything sound wonderful; honest, matter-of-fact information will be most helpful in the long run. If you oversell things and raise expectations, there's room for disappointment. Encourage your kids to do their own research. With your help, they can go online and look up community and school websites. You'll be able to learn about community organisations and groups, school events and sports, and other social and civic activities.