Most families will have to deal with the prospect of moving at least once. Moving, although stressful, can be an exciting time for your family as you embark on a new chapter in life. Moving with children - especially young children can make an already arduous process even more difficult if not approached with patience and understanding. It may be difficult to determine what the right steps are to take in approaching the process of moving when children are involved.
To help with this dilemma, we've come up with a few ideas that will help in making your move with children an easier and more enjoyable experience.
Make the Move an Adventure!
Make moving an adventure! Conduct a family meeting months before the move and get the kids excited to move. Try and make this a fun event, moving can be stressful on everybody, including kids. Remove the unknown by planning ahead and create a moving day where the kids know what to expect. Make it a daily topic in the weeks before the move to keep the idea fresh in their minds. If possible, show them the new neighborhood, school, parks, etc... to make the transition less scary and more exciting!
Keep Them Involved
Make sure you're giving your kids as much information as possible, and answer questions fully and truthfully. Involve the kids in the moving process, let them feel like participants in the house hunting, planning, and packing. Introduce them to the movers on move day, most movers will be happy to get the kids involved.
Keep a Routine
Though the months leading up to a move can be chaotic, try to keep a regular schedule (like meal times, bed times, etc...). This is also a good thing to keep in mind when you arrive at your new location. Keeping a routine will help your kids adjust, and make the new place feel like home.
Unpack Their Room First
If possible, get your child(ren)'s rooms unpacked and in order first. This will help make the new home feel less unfamiliar. They will also enjoy the process of moving in their belongings, and setting up their room to make it feel like their own.
Say Goodbye to the Old Home
If your kids are feeling sad or are having trouble with the idea of leaving their old home, try to combat those feelings by saying goodbye to the home once the hustle and bustle of move day has settled down. If needed, go room by room and say goodbye. Let it be emotional.