Moving into a new home is always stressful but moving with young children has its own unique challenges. There are, however, many ways you can make the process of moving house easier for your kids, which will help lower your own stress levels. Here are five tips to make moving with children as easy as possible.
1: Pack Early
Start packing much earlier than you think you need to. Even if you’ve moved house before. Moving with kids is a much lengthier process due to the additions of your children’s clothes and toys, and the kids themselves may also slow the packing process by throwing fits when they realize what moving means. If you start packing up your old home as early as possible, it’ll reduce the stress of being pressed for time while also giving your kids more time to come to terms with the change.
2: Tell Your Kids What to Expect
Many child psychologists agree that the best way to help your kids cope with the transition is to tell them ahead of time what moving will entail. Explain to your kids that moving means saying good-bye to the old house, being further from their friends, and that a company will come to move their things for them, but be sure to give a positive spin as well; remind them that new places are exciting and there’ll be new friends to be made. Once your kids are more relaxed, ask them if they want to participate by helping you pack their things or choosing the color and design of their new room.
3: Pack while the Kids are Asleep
Many kids feel sad and vulnerable when they see their things being packed into boxes, so packing up while they sleep is a useful trick. Packing only at night will obviously take longer, although if your kids are old enough to attend school, you can also pack while they’re in class. Either way, a longer packing period shouldn’t cause you too much trouble if you remember to follow the first tip.
4: Talk to Their New School
If any of your kids will be starting at a new school, it’s a good idea to contact the school ahead of time. If teachers and administrators know your child is going through a stressful period, they can monitor the child to make sure they’re doing ok during school hours. Talking to the school also ensures that teachers will be prepared in case your child behaves badly due to moving-based stress.
5: Stay Positive
The best thing you can do for your kids during the process of moving house is to be relentlessly positive about the move. Emphasize the good things about a new home, such as new friends and new places to explore, and even if you and your spouse are under a lot of stress, don’t let it show. Children mimic and learn from their parents, so your own attitude towards the move can have a significant effect on how well your kids handle it.