Moving With Kids
Whether moving out of state or around the block, children and adolescents typically are not too keen on this process. When the decision to relocate is finalized, discuss the move with your kids right away so they have time to adjust to the event. Now that your children are in the know, it is time to plan and prepare for the big day. Here are some helpful tips to make the moving process easier on the entire family when moving with kids.
– Get organized from 4 – 6 weeks before the actual move. Plan your moving and packing schedule, leaving room for error.
– Depending on how young your children are they probably can’t do much in helping you pack, however they may be able to help you label the boxes. This process can be a learning one too, teaching your child while packing. Colors, shapes, words, numbers, etc.
– Pack a bag of essentials for your child filled with all of their favorite things to keep them occupied during and after the move.
– If your children attend school and you are moving locally on a weekday, you may not have to take your kids out of school. Not having to keep an eye on them will make your move easier and less stressful. You can focus on getting everything from your old home to your new home quickly and efficiently, without having to entertain your kids or reprimand them for getting in the movers’ way.
– If your children are too young to attend school or you are moving to another state, consider hiring a babysitter to keep them occupied and entertained while you get everything loaded onto the truck. This can take up to 4 to 5 hours, depending on how much stuff you have and if there is furniture that needs to be disassembled.
– Hiring professional movers can get the job done much quicker and more efficiently. Which gives you the freedom micromanage and look after your kids, keeping them out of the mover’s way.
– Once in the new house, let your child help with decorating his/her room. Do this together as a family
– Get to know the parents in the area and arrange playdates.