Moving with Kids? Here’s How to Cope
Whether you’re moving around the block or to a whole new country, you’re guaranteed to experience at least a little stress. If you have kids, well there’s a good chance your stress level else could go right through the roof!
The good news is, that if you take the time to get your kids ready for the move, things might not be so hair-tearingly bad on moving day. Here are some tips to help you make the move go as smoothly as possible:
Talk to the Kids
Whether your kid is 5 or 15, you should talk to them about the move. Let them know what to expect and what will happen on the day. Do this well in advance and make sure the information you give them is age appropriate.
Let Them Pack
Okay, don’t let the kids pack. That would be a disaster! But, do let them help with the process by passing you tape or bubble wrapping your least fragile stuff. This will help them to feel part of the process and hopefully get them excited about the move.
Throw a Leaving Party
A leaving party where they get to say goodbye to friends, neighbors, and family is a great way to turn what might be an upsetting experience into a positive one for them.
Take Your Time
If you have kids, it’s never a good idea to rush the prices of moving. So, hold off on calling bekins to arrange that removal, put the bubble wrap away and take your time to really explain the process, plan the move and ensure that you’re all in the best possible place. Taking it slow will only help to make the process calmer and more pleasant for everyone involved.
Address Their Concerns
If your children have any concerns, and they voice them to you, don’t just dismiss them. Respect your kids and answer their questions as best they can, accommodating them where possible.
Move When Things are Calm
I know that sometimes you just have to move when you have to move, but if you have the choice, it’s never a bad idea to wait until things are calm. For example, waiting until the kids’ school vacation or delaying your move until your children have gotten over a trauma (like a death in the family) will help to ensure that they’re in the right frame of mind and that they won’t experience too much upheaval all at once.
Pack a ‘Fun’ Bag
When you’re packing your stuff up, make sure that you keep a few fun toys, like the ones at Fishpond, out of the removal van, and stuff your kids’ backpacks with lots of things to keep them entertained during the trip to your new home. If they’re having fun, they won’t be so anxious, and they won’t stress you out so much with their antics.
Label the Kids’ Stuff
Labeling the children’s stuff very clearly and ensuring it’s all in one box will really help to keep things calm at the other end because you’ll be able to reunite them with the things they’re familiar with right away. It’ll be a lifesaver – believe me.