Moving is such an exciting time! It's a chance to start fresh and get your new life started in a brand new place. But what if you have kids? Moving with a family can be stressful enough with everything that has to get done. Below we take a look at ways to make a move with children as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Moving with kids is not the time to wing it. If you had any hopes of fitting everything in a U-Haul, they'll have to go out the window. You'll need more time, more muscle and definitely more patience. Plan your move way ahead of time - at least several weeks before your scheduled date if not longer.
Get them Involved
Kids as young as toddlers can be helpful during a move. Let them help pack boxes and select personal items they would like to bring with them. Getting them involved will take their minds off of the place you're leaving and allow them to adjust better when you finally do settle in at your new home.
Be Flexible and Understanding
The last thing your children want is to be uprooted and moved somewhere new just as they settled into a comfortable routine. Be flexible with them and schedule some fun activities ahead of time that will allow them to spend time at their old house/school/playground one last time before you finally leave.
Also, keep in mind that your children will be seeing a lot of change and they may need some time to adjust and cope with their feelings. Allow them to express themselves and stay patient and understanding during this stressful transition.
Pack Plenty of Snacks
Moving is exhausting! Have plenty of snacks on hand like granola bars, fruit and crackers that will not only provide nutritious energy for your kids but will also keep them from getting hungry and cranky.
Break it up
If possible, break up the day into smaller periods. The later in the afternoon your kids are, the more likely they'll be to act out or become bored. Try packing during naptime or in the morning if you can. If that's not possible, make sure you bring entertainment options like movies and games to keep your kids happy while you work.
Moving with kids can be hectic. They're tired, cranky and spending most of the day on their feet, but try to keep them involved as much as possible. If you spend too long trying to pack small items like glasses or knickknacks, you'll just end up more frustrated than if your kids were helping out the whole way. Keep things moving along but take breaks when you need them so everyone stays happy and healthy.
Moving is stressful. It's tough on kids so try to encourage them along the way if they seem unsure about what you're doing. They might be sad about leaving their friends or worried that they can't find new ones at school in your new town. Keep things positive by talking about all of the good changes ahead of you and let them know they'll be making new friends soon.
If you have any friends or family members who are good with kids, see if they'll come help during your scheduled moving day. Whether it be having someone to help onsite while moving, or having them go to a grandparents for the day, or two, you'll have the opportunity to pack more quickly and efficiently and they are sure to have more fun!
Plan for Success
Moving with kids doesn't have to be stressful. With the right planning ahead of time, patience and a positive attitude you can all enjoy your move even if it's not as fast as you'd like it to be. Pack carefully, break up the day and make sure you bring entertainment options to help pass the time.
Moving is tough on everyone but it doesn't have to be a nightmare if you just take the time to plan and prepare for your move ahead of time. If you can stay patient, keep things moving along and let your kids know that their opinions are important, then you're sure to beat all of the stress and make moving day a smooth transition for the whole family.