Tips for Moving with Young Children
On a normal day to day basis, you are probably running around picking up toys, cleaning up after your children and trying to seamlessly run your household all at the same time. This can be overwhelming on a normal day and will be even more overwhelming when you are going through the process of moving your family to a new home. Not only are you extremely busy but depending on the age of your children, they may be getting upset about moving and you need to make time to ensure that they know everything will be okay.
During this demanding moving process, keep these tips in mind to make moving with your young children easier for you and your family:
- Have your kids help
Having your kids help in the moving process will help them feel more involved and a little more in control of the move. Give them a box to pack up some things from their rooms. While helping them feel a little better about everything, this will also help free up some time for you to pack the rest of your house. Even if you have to go back later and repack their boxes, it’ll go a little quicker and it will help calm some of their moving nerves.
- Ask for help if you need it
Watching and entertaining young children can be time consuming and distracting if you don’t have any help. After a long day you may realize that you didn’t even get much packing done because the whole day was spent looking after the kids. Ask family and friends for help. Most likely they will be more than willing to help and watch the kids for a few hours while you get some packing and organizing done to relieve some moving stress.
- Make the move fun
If you are moving a far distance and have a long road trip ahead of you, try to plan something fun along the way that you can all enjoy as a family. This will break up the daunting car ride and will give everyone something fun to look forward to.
- Prepare your kids
Depending on the age of your children, they may not even fully understand what it means to move. Sit down with them and explain everything in detail so they know what to expect. There are books for children of all ages on moving that may help them understand everything a bit better. If they are expressing concerns about the move, take them seriously. Listen to everything they have to say about moving and sit down with them, talk about it and work it out.
- Be smart about packing up toys
Your children will most likely need some toys for entertainment up until the moment you get into the moving truck. Pack a box of toys last. This way your kids will have the toys to play with up until you leave your old home and right away when you get to your new home. You should also pack a bag of important toys and things your children will need as soon as you get to your new home. Have some extra diapers, clothes, sippy cups etc in there so you don’t have to go digging through boxes to find it right away.
- Don’t stress too much
It won’t be the end of the world if your forgot to buy an extra pack of diapers before the move. There will be stores in your new town and it won’t be too difficult to run up to the store and grab whatever you forgot. It may seem impossible but it’s important to try not to stress out about the move too much. If you’re stressed and agitated, it’s going to reflect in how you act towards your children which will not make them feel any better about moving.