Changes are tough even for adult people, and children are especially sensible because they do not always see and understand the situation in whole. Moving is a new experience that can be confusing, exciting, and hard for the little ones. It does not matter why you have decided to move and where, we have compiled some tips for you, which will ease this process for the whole family.
Don’t just start the moving process one day. Prepare your children slowly by giving them an idea of what is going to happen. Kids need their time to process this information and figure out why you have to move. Lack of time for them to consider this information may cause stress and resentment.
Give green light to asking questions! If your child faces this event for the first time, he/she may not fully understand it. It is up to you to make the environment good for them to ask questions about the process. Thus, you can make the situation less intimidating, because you will decrease the unknown aspect of the situation.
Children may be scared by the unknown things and life changes. Your task is to help them understand that everything will be fine, and they do not have to be afraid of it.
Paying a visit with your children to your new place to see it is a great idea. It is more difficult, if you’re moving far away, though. But, if it’s more or less close, you can let them explore the area and local parks. This will help them gain comfort in the new setting, and they might become excited to move. Don’t forget that you can always show them pics or virtual tour, if you can’t just go there.
Children should be involved
You may ask your children to help with little things, or bigger tasks. You know your kids better. So, let them help you (or do on their own):
- pack their toys
- seal boxes and label them
- create thank you cards for movers
- distract or watch pets
- make sure that you didn’t miss a thing to pack
Tell your kids that movers will help you. You may also introduce them to the movers and other helpers. You may want to explain what they will do, so that children don’t distract movers during the move and stay away from people carrying heavy objects (for their own safety). Make it comfortable and safe for children, so that movers don’t scare them.
Make the process fun
You can turn this process into a game. Packing maybe fun, and children will be more comfortable while packing their belongings. Bonus is you have do not have to pack everything by yourself.
You can decorate a new room in your new place. Kids love taking part in the process and making decisions about their own space. Let him/her decide on paint, wall decorations, or new bedding. Thus, you can raise the level of excitement about the move.
Organizing a small party is a great idea! Invite just the family members, or relatives, or just friends and neighbors. Making the whole moving process as fun as possible will give good and positive vibes for the entire family.
Turn it into a new exciting adventure. Get frequent snacks, do sightseeing, or even stop to have a roadside picnic – why not make the move a positive travel, during which the entire family discovers new places and emotions.
Turn into a real tourist. If the city, where you move, is new for you, explore the area with excitement. Both you and your children will surely enjoy getting to explore the new place together.
Give second life to moving boxes. You don’t have to throw them away right after the move. Give them to children to create different things. Never built a fort together? Here’s your chance!
Essentials to take with you on the road with kids:
- Snacks and water
- Things to keep the kids busy
- Your positive and calm spirits