7 Ways to Make Moving With Kids Easier
Moving can be stressful, but it’s generally a positive process for adults. People frequently move into homes that better fit their needs, and that can make it much easier to view a move with excitement.
For your kids, however, it might be a different story.
Moving can be a paradigm shift, especially for younger children. It can change not only their environment but also the friends they see and other portions of their daily routine. That makes it extremely important for parents to be there for their children and to make the moving with kids a stress-free and comfortable process.
Here are seven ways you can help make your family's move more comfortable and help them through the experience.
1. Use stories to teach children about moving
Storybooks are a great way to introduce children to the concept of moving. Reading a picture book about moving allows you to gauge your child's response and ask them if they have any questions.
2. Get your kids excited about their new town
Get your children excited about their new life in their new town by discussing what exciting activities they will get to enjoy after their move. Even if you are not moving somewhere dramatically different, you can show them playgrounds and amusement parks you will be able to explore. If possible, plan a fun family activity for after the move to give everyone something pleasant to anticipate.
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3. Let your kids help with packing
Help your children pack their belongings and recognize that the process might make them apprehensive. Young children might not understand that they will see their treasured toys again. Explain how their belongings will travel to their new home and reassure them that they will see all their everything again soon.
4. Allow your kids to express their emotions
Moving can be scary for a young child. They are leaving their home, town, and friends. Even if they are excited about some aspects of their new life, they’ll have to deal with the disappointment and sadness of leaving certain things behind. Take time to listen and respond to their fears and concerns. Try to help children find ways to manage their anxieties rather than dismissing them. For example, if your child is worried about missing their old friends, help them collect addresses and phone numbers so that they can stay in touch after the move. Remind older children that social media helps people stay connected even when they are physically far apart.
5. Make a plan for moving day
The chaos and stress of moving day can be magnified if young children are underfoot. There are also safety risks when moving heavy boxes and furniture when you're moving with kids. If possible, arrange for younger children to spend the day with a friend or family so that you can concentrate on the physical labor of moving. Having a helper babysit the child is also an option and is well worth the additional expense.
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6. Maintain a sense of stability
Moving disrupts the family routine, and many children need consistency to stay calm and happy. You can help children maintain a sense of stability while moving by preserving some aspects of their regular schedule. Make sure that they have access to a favorite toy while traveling to their new home. Provide plenty of opportunities for young children to blow off steam through exercise. Stopping for a quick break at a rest stop playground can be very beneficial for children, even if it adds a few minutes to the drive. Keeping bedtime schedules intact can also prevent meltdowns.
7. Keep your own attitude upbeat
Moving with kids doesn't have to be a challenge. If you present your family's upcoming move as an exciting adventure, chances are your children will feel the same. A positive attitude can be contagious. Managing your own emotions about your forthcoming relocation can help your whole family.
This article is a contributed article written by Austin Winder of Allied Van Lines.