Moving can be a stressful time for all involved. We’ve compiled some tips on how to move with kids to lessen their anxiety and stress, and therefore yours.
Preparing Your Kid(s) for a Move
Break the News Early
The best thing to do when moving with children is to tell them as soon as possible. As you may imagine, breaking the news to your children may be met with some resistance. The longer they have to process the move, the more accepting they will be when it comes time to pack and travel.
In your eyes, your child may always be your little baby; however, their maturity may surprise you. Kids love to feel included. Give them details on the move and the new area. Try to tell them about an exciting park or destination that may help them get excited about relocating. If you give them time to process the move, they may even assist in packing some of their items, or at the very least, won’t be throwing tantrums on the drive or plane ride to your new home.
Be sure to find out, and answer any questions or concerns they may have. They may need reassurance that there will be other kids their age and new friends to make.
Packing Tips for Moving With Children
Utilize School Hours
If possible, do most of the packing while your child is at school or out of the house. This will give you time plus peace and quiet to get most of the packing done. Additionally, if extra toys or possessions can’t fit in the move, it is best to dispose of them when they are not in the house. More times than not, they will not even know it’s gone.
Kids often have too many toys and possessions. This can be a great time to free up some space. Not every toy has to make the trip, and this will lighten the load on your legs and wallet. Consider donating to your local Goodwill or friends and family with children.
Make Them Feel Included
Give your child small choices to make. This will make them feel a part of the move and make the upcoming trip more concrete in their mind. Moving for children can be tough, and this allows them to feel in control of certain aspects of the move.
Let Your Child Adjust
While these tips can lessen the stress of moving on both you and your child, they most likely will need some time to adjust after the move. This may take time. We know it is never easy seeing your child upset, but they will find new friends, make new memories, and get to experience a new part of the country. Don’t feel disheartened if they don’t adapt to their new home right away. Consider enrolling them in a local sports team or after-school club to meet new friends and kids their age. Enroll them in a new activity or interest. Maybe bring that piano collecting dust in the living room with you so your child can explore a new hobby.
Moving Tips for You
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