Even for adults, moving can be a difficult transition and a challenge for everyone involved. With young kids, it can be even more difficult to make this transition smoothly. As moving experts with over 100 years in the business, we’ve seen the additional stressors parents with children of all ages can face if they’re family is not adequately prepared. Whether it’s just across town or to a new place entirely, we have compiled a list of ways to help your children feel more comfortable and prepared for the big day.
Ease Them Into the New Move
We understand that sometimes time is of the essence, but if time permits, try to get them used to the idea of moving, and their new home. Show them pictures of their new home, their new bedroom, backyard, and anything to get them excited for the big move. Get more information about their new school, and if possible, arrange a tour. The goal is to tide over any feelings of nervousness or anxiety and replace them with excitement. If it’s close enough, take them to visit their new home and neighborhood. Let them meet other kids and get used to their new space personally. This will all help the move seem not so scary and overwhelming on moving day.
Get Them Involved
Try to get your child’s input on the moving process whenever possible, after all, it will be their home too! If you are still choosing between several home options, let them help you narrow it down. Let them help you choose paint colors or the new furniture. These smaller decisions will help them to feel like they are in control of their move and their new home.
Feeling overwhelmed moving all of your belongings? Use your child as a helper! Let them help you run your garage or yard sale when thinning out your belongings. Let them help you pack and let them customize their boxes with their names and decorations.
Keep Things Consistent
Especially for children, change can be overwhelming. It is essential that you minimize change and keep their lives as consistent as possible. Try to stick to the same morning and bedtime routines. Set up their bedroom first and make an effort to preserve as much of the same furniture as you can for some familiarity. They will be overwhelmed with adjusting to their new home, making new friends, and adjusting to a new school. Some old comforts like their favorite snacks, and keeping cherished traditions like taco Tuesdays or family game nights can make all the difference in making your new place feel like home.
Partner with Family Moving and Storage!
The professionals at Family Moving and Storage are experts in making your move stress free and even fun! Our team has the knowledge to foresee common mistakes and pitfalls that can derail your moving day, and the experience to avoid them. Best of all, we pride ourselves on friendly customer service with a smile! Let our team ease all of your family’s worries and help you with the easiest moving day you’ve ever had; call Family Moving and Storage!
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