Helping Young Children Move

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Moving is stressful for the entire family, but these few tips will help young children understand the move and be involved rather than being confused, upset or left out.

1)  Talk to your child about the move. If your home is the only home they have ever known then the concept of moving is a new experience for them. Explain how the process is going to work for your family and why you're moving. Talk about moving often, so they become familiar with the idea and can ask questions. Talk up your new home, giving them something to look forward too.

2)  Packing your child's belongings can be a fearful and uncertain experience for them.  Involve them in the packing process. Let them help decide what items can be packed away, while your home is on the market. Make sure they understand that you are NOT getting rid of their items. Unless of course you have decided to throw away or give away items.

3)  Mark their boxes with their name, "Andy's Toys" or "Andy Open First". Allow them to decorate their boxes with stickers or markers. They will want to continue packing boxes because you've made a game out of the packing process.

4)  Let them help pack a few boxes from your bedroom, so they will see that this is a process for the entire family. They may even want to help you decorate your boxes.

WARNING you may need to buy a large supply of stickers and may end up having all your moving boxes decorated. But it will keep the young ones busy and involved!


Happy Moving!

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Donna Schoby

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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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Donna, You have given some great advice.  We made two cross country moves and both were when our children were younger.  Getting them involved is so important.

Jun 18, 2010 04:23 PM #1
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Thank you Marchel, little ones do not understand what's going they really do need to be involved in the process.

Jun 18, 2010 04:41 PM #2
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Great info-too many times on my consultation parents tell me they have not told the children yet about the move....they need to be the first to know!  

Jun 18, 2010 05:08 PM #3
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Cathy, they really do, it's so important to involve them. I had a client this week that is moving out of state say her son asked if they were moving their current home also. He just thought they would move the entire home...because that's his home. He just didn't understand the process. It was a new concept to him.

Jun 18, 2010 05:31 PM #4
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Love your ideas to get the kids involved Donna!  The more they are involved the less fearful they will be. 

Jun 18, 2010 11:01 PM #5
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Donna, such a great post! I like the stickers idea.

Jun 19, 2010 04:09 AM #6
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Donna:  What an excellent post !  Years ago, I taught elementary school, and I can remember the fear that so many of the "little ones" shared with me about moving.  The times may have changed since then, but I'm sure the fears have not.

I also love the idea of having the kids help pack some of Mom's stuff... so they don't feel that they are the only ones moving.  And... seeing Mom pack stuff... and seeing that SHE is not afraid of moving either, all help the little ones feel secure during a time when their own personal security is being threatened.

Great post !

Jun 19, 2010 04:10 AM #7
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Donna, love this post and your suggestions.  Children need incentives to "buy in" to the whole idea and process of moving.  If it's stressful for adults, imagine what it does to kids.  Thanks for sharing this!

Jun 19, 2010 05:20 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donna- good reminders.  Parents are so busy and stressed with the move, that they can forget about the wee ones. 

Jun 19, 2010 07:42 AM #9
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Donna - thank you for these great ideas we can pass along.  We never had children, so I'm not always in tune with them.  Julie

Jun 19, 2010 08:58 AM #10
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

 Thanks Michele, we can't forget those little ones!

Thank you Anna, my kids always loved stickers, so I thought this to be a great idea for kids during the moving process.

Thanks Karen, I use to teach pre-school and with my own kids they loved stickers or anything that you would make into a game.

Thank you Ginger, moving is stressful for the entire family...and if you have young ones we need to remember how they may be feeling during the process.

Kathy, we need to remember the wee ones, they are just little people that need to understand whats going on.

Julie, I have two kids, and taught pre-school for 3 years. I guess that experience gave me some insight to how little ones feel. We must remember to include them!

Jun 19, 2010 04:07 PM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Ms. Donna now you know I don't think your old enough to have the rugrats moving out on you...

Jun 24, 2010 08:43 AM #12
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