Moving With Kids: Tips to Make Moving With Children Easier
by Rick Delgado
on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 12:02pm.
As parents, we all know that at any age, any type of change can be hard on the kids. Moving into a new home is an exciting time for a family, but it can also be stressful on the little ones.
To help your kid(s) transition better through this major change, here are some tips to make moving easier on them. Just a little bit of prep can make all the difference, and ensure a smooth move for everyone.
Listening and addressing your child’s concerns about the big move is very important. No matter how big or small the issue, talk to your kids about their questions and concerns. Setting expectations and telling them exactly what will happen will help them to be better prepared on moving day.
Although moving will take a bulk of your time, try to balance your child’s regular routine in your schedule. They will respond better if they feel like they still have control over some part of their lives.
Do Some Prep Work
Weeks before the move, give your kids a blank notebook to collect their friends addresses, phone numbers, email address and personal messages from their friends. Take pictures of your kids and their friends so they have something to remember their friends by, or better yet, give your kids a camera so they can take pictures of their favorite places around town.
Give The Kids Simple Tasks on Moving Day
On the day of the move, empower your kids by giving them simple tasks to do, such as labeling boxes, helping pack small items, and making sure you tell them how much you appreciate their help. This will make them feel like they are part of the process and will help them feel in control of the situation.
Make Them Feel at Home
Setting up their rooms first and making them feel at home is very important on their adjustment and acceptance of the new home. Have them unpack their own room, and give them personal space, so they can adjust to their new surroundings.