Tips on Moving with Children
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The moving process is stressful. When you add children to the mix, you find a new meaning to the word hectic. You might have to expend extra energy guiding your children in this process. Here are some tips to help moving with kids go a little smoother:
Make them feel at ease.
Moving is stressful for anyone. When your kids see you buzzing around trying to get things done as their home starts disappearing from the inside, they’re likely to feel some discomfort and even sadness. You might be moving them to an entirely new neighborhood or school, and the thought of this can be stressful too. Even if they’re not averse to the move, it’s important to remind your kids that everything is fine. Maybe get them some snacks and pack moving bags for the trip with their favorite toys and gadgets. This will make them feel considered and safe, which will be easier on everyone.
Involve them in the process.
Giving your kids the dignity and responsibility for baby tasks in the move will make them feel grown-up and even more excited about it. Depending on their size, you might ask them to help you pack or make a list of tasks that should be done. Even something as little as picking what color label to put on their box of toys is huge. Small actions like these communicate that this is not something you’re making them do but something you’re doing as a team.
Donate old toys.
Toys take up a lot of storage space, and it’s unlikely that your kids use every single one. Ask them to sift through their toys and make a “keep” pile and a “donate” pile. Make sure you’re clear on what exactly they want to keep. Nothing breaks a kid’s heart more than losing their favorite toy! Then, you can donate the toys and clear out a lot of wasted space.
Give them information about the new home.
Even though moving can be stressful for you, that doesn’t mean your kids can’t be excited. Any information you can give them about the home and community you’re moving to might hype them up. Show them pictures, tell them about kid-friendly community activities, tell them about their new school. You can ask them to draw out how you want their new room to be organized. Help them come up with ways of making this their new home.
Change is scary, especially when you’re small. Even small alterations in a regular routine can deeply affect a child. Be sure to take a break from work mode and check-in with how they’re feeling. Ask how they feel about the move and their new home and how they can get it to feel like “their” home. It may take a while to feel at home in the new place, but showing care and understanding for their feelings may mitigate these small pains.
Bottom line: Moving is rarely a positive process to adults, and kids are smart about picking up this impression. If you are considerate of their feelings and make sure they are taken care of every step of the way, entering your new home will go much smoother.
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