Whether you’re moving from a smaller space to a larger home, around the corner or across country, moving can be both exciting and stressful – especially when you are moving with young children!
- Be Aware And Understanding Of Your Children’s Emotions
Children often have a difficult time accepting any kind of change. Change is scary for a child that is accustomed to what they already know. It is very common for children to be uneasy about making this type of change, so make sure you talk to them about it and encourage them to be honest about their feelings and concerns about the move.
- Involve The Children In Choosing Your New Home
Letting the children be involved in the decision-making process of choosing your new home can help them build excitement about the upcoming move and will help them get comfortable with their new home and community. This doesn’t mean you should bring the children to look at every home with you, but once you have narrowed down your options to two or three choices ask them for their input.
- Involve The Children In Packing (But Maybe Not Their Stuff!)
If your children are old enough to be able to help you pack, you should let them. Letting them get involved in the process of packing and moving will make the experience more exciting for them. It is best for you to let them help you pack general household items, so they won’t get too upset with packing their own belongings. But, if your children are old enough to pack their own belongings without throwing a tantrum or wanting everything taken back out of the box right away, letting them help pack their own belongings will give them a greater sense of control in an uncontrollable situation and may make the move more comfortable for them.
- Pack At Night And Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
For anything that you need to get packed that your children won’t be helping you pack up, it is best to get the packing done at night when the children are asleep. Don’t pack everything at once overnight as this may cause a great deal of anxiety for children when they wake up the next morning, but small changes will not be as noticeable and will make the moving process a lot smoother.
If you have family or friends that are close by and are willing and able to help, accept it! Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends to help you with packing, moving, or even helping with the kids while you pack and move. Having extra people on board to help watch over the kids and keep them entertained can be a moving life saver.
- Have A “See You Soon” Party
One of the most difficult parts of moving for your children is likely going to be having to say goodbye to anyone they are already close with. If your children have an extensive network of family and friends close to their current home, and you will be moving farther away, it can be difficult for your children to say goodbye. Making this moment into a celebration and emphasizing it as “see you soon” rather than “goodbye” will make this transition go a lot more smoothly for your children.
- Pack An Overnight Suitcase For Each Member Of The Family, And An Extra “Special” Bag For Each Of The Children
Anytime you move, whether you have children or not, you want to make sure you pack an overnight bag for each member of the family that includes daily essentials like a change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, electronics, snacks and drinks, etc. But when you are moving with children it is also a good idea to let them have an extra “special” bag that they can use to pack with their most important and beloved toys and belongings. Letting your children have a bag that has their dearest personal belongings and favorite toys will give them a sense of comfort throughout the moving process and will also give them plenty to keep them entertained while you move. This will also help prevent you from having to unpack your children’s belongings right away once you arrive at your new home.
- Make New Friends, But Keep The Old
Help your children understand that moving will provide them with an amazing opportunity to make new friends in their new community, but just because they will be making new friends doesn’t mean they have to forget about their current friends. With all the advances we have in technology it is not difficult to stay in touch with your children’s current friends and their parents. Find a way to help your children stay connected to their current friends from their new home and make sure you plan a visit back to your old community when possible.
- Make It Feel Like Home
No matter how young or old we are, it is difficult for a new place to truly feel like home. Typically, it will take time for your new home to start feeling like your home. But there are some things you can do right away to try to make it feel more like home, like hanging familiar pictures and decorations and letting your children be involved in decorating their own rooms. The more of your own style you bring into the home, the more it will start to feel like home!
Use these tips while moving and the moving process should be easier for everyone in the family! If you are planning a move and are looking for help from a professional moving company contact Brighter Moves today! We look forward to helping you in your move!