I have now moved my family home twice (the second time over 2000 miles) and can confirm that preparing to move into a new home is both an exciting and stressful time in your life. This is especially true when you have kids. Sure, relocation in and of itself poses a number of challenges, but there can be additional stresses when moving with kids.
Most parents realize that young ones will often fret about moving into a new home. While the kids aren’t worrying about the logistics of the actual relocation, they are worried about a number of other things: leaving their friends, making new friends, and starting a new school.
This stress will often manifest itself in loss of appetite, moodiness or in a dreaded temper tantrum. To reduce the effects of this, it’s essential to talk with the kids and keep them fully informed about what is going on. Get them interested in the new location as much as you can, and outline all of the positive points that the move will have for the entire family.
Flip through to find out six things that you can do to help make your move just a little bit easier.
1. Be Honest
Talk to your kids and be up front with them. Let them know as soon as possible about the upcoming relocation so that they have time to let the idea settle in their heads. It’s a good idea to sit down with the whole family, talk about the move, and leave the lines of communication open. Let the kids ask questions and share their concerns.
2. Get the Kids Involved
Involving your kids in the whole process can do a lot for alleviating the stress. So whether you're searching for a good Brooklyn storage facility or house hunting, let them tag along. Ask them what they think about each space. You might be surprised at how insightful they actually can be.
3. Take Care of Teddy Bear
Set a special time aside to sit with your kids and their favorite toys. Make sure that there is a small box available for them to place their favorite things and keep it safe during the move. There’s nothing worse than a scared child missing his or her beloved stuffed duck in a scary new bedroom!
4. Explore the Town
When you move into the new house don’t be afraid to explore the new city with your kids. Show them where the movie theaters, museums, parks, and malls are. Maybe even set up a special scavenger hunt to make learning new locations a lot more fun.
5. Pizza and Movie Night
Make the new house feel more like home by doing something you used to do in your old house. Have a pizza and movie night, or make ice cream sundaes and root beer floats. Forget about the stresses associated with the move and chill out for a night!
6. Camp Out... Inside
There’s nothing more exciting than a slumber party, so have one with the kids! Beds not unpacked yet? Camp out in the living room! The kids will love it. Sleeping in the same room can also be reassuring to the little ones.
So, whether you’re moving around the block or overseas, here are some practical tips to make the move a lot less stressful and a little more fun for both kids and parents.
Remember, moving doesn’t have to be scary for the kids and it shouldn’t be as stressful on you. Take these things into consideration and make moving an adventure!